Baffling Beetles

Titan Beetle – World’s Largest Beetle

titan-beetle-flying

The titan beetle is the world’s largest species of beetle. It has been mistakenly classified as a giant cockroach by some people, but it is a pure beetle, with a genus of its own, Titanus. It is a member of the Cerambycidae family, or “longhorn beetles”. Adults grow as long as 16.7 cm (6.5 in) and their mandibles are strong enough to snap a pencil in half, or cause damage to a person’s flesh. Fact Zoo

I’ll admit, I’m scared of spiders and cockroaches, but I love beetles! Perhaps it’s because I live in the UK, so I don’t tend to run in to scary ones. But they’re better in photos anyway, so they can be seen in all their glorious detail.

This lovely North American beetle has the fantastic name: the Eyed Elater! It’s far too cute to be scary. I know the “eyes” aren’t eyes, but they do make it look as though it’s amazed by everything is sees.

eyed_elater_canada

Chalcosoma caucasus Fabricius, 1801
(Scarabaeidae)
Indonesia, Sumatra I.

Chalcosoma_caucasus

Chalcotea neglecta Ritsema, 1882
(Scarabaeidae)
Malaysia, Perak, Cameron Highlands

Chalcotea_neglecta

Chrysina costata (Blanchard, 1850)
(Scarabaeidae)
Mexico, Xicotepec de J. Puebla, VII-VIII. 1998

Chrysina_costata

Coilodera diardi Gory & Percheron, 1833 (Scarabaeidae) Malaysia, Perak, Cameron Highlands

Coilodera diardi Gory & Percheron, 1833
(Scarabaeidae)
Malaysia, Perak, Cameron Highlands

Dicronocephalus wallichi Hope, 1831 (Scarabaeidae) Thailand

Dicronocephalus wallichi Hope, 1831
(Scarabaeidae)
Thailand

Enoplotrupes sharpi Jordan & Rothschild, 1893
(Scarabaeidae)
Thailand

Enoplotrupes_sharpi

Euchroea coelestis Burmeister, 1842 (Scarabaeidae) Madagascar, Beharasy, V.1998

Euchroea coelestis Burmeister, 1842
(Scarabaeidae)
Madagascar, Beharasy, V.1998

Eudicella gralli Buquet, 1836 (Scarabaeidae) Zair, Kivu Lake

Eudicella gralli Buquet, 1836
(Scarabaeidae)
Zair, Kivu Lake

Goliathus cacicus Olivier, 1789 (Scarabaeidae) Ivory Coast, Tsi forest, X.2001

Goliathus cacicus Olivier, 1789
(Scarabaeidae)
Ivory Coast, Tsi forest, X.2001

Golofa claviger Linnaeus, 1771 (Scarabaeidae) Peru

Golofa claviger Linnaeus, 1771
(Scarabaeidae)
Peru

Golofa pizarro Hope, 1837
(Scarabaeidae)
Mexico, Veracruz, San Pedro Soteapan, VII-VIII. 1996

Golofa_pizarro

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