Goliath Beetle - ROM2003_837_4

ROM2003_837_4

Goliath Beetle

Dimensions:
length=120; width=60 mm
Taxonomy
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • KingdomAnimalia
    • PhylumArthropoda
    • ClassInsecta
    • OrderColeoptera
    • FamilyScarabaeidae
    • GenusGoliathus
    • SpecificEpithetgoliatus
Object number: ROME84076
Not on view
DescriptionThe Goliath beetle is one of the largest insects in the world reaching lengths of up to 128 mm. A member of the beetle family, Scarabaeidae, the Goliath beetle can be found throughout equatorial Africa. Like other beetles, the Goliath beetle’s hind wings, called elytra, are hardened and form a protective shell for its membranous fore wings, as well as adding a layer of protection to its internal organs. Goliath beetles are so large that the sound that their wings make while flying have lead some people to equate them to miniature helicopters. Males have a Y-shaped horn-like formation on their head that they use to battle other males while engaged in sexual competition for females. Like male Cecropia moths, male Goliath beetles have highly sensitive antennae that they use to detect pheromones emitted by the females of their species.
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