Image: Goliath Beetles

Goliath Beetles

Goliath Beetles (Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae: Goliathini) from Central and Western Africa. This is another group of highly “collectable” beetles, with many species now being reared in captivity. Large specimens of these beetles are among the heaviest known insects. Larvae feed on protein enriched rotten wood in rainforest habitats. The adults feed on nectar or sap. Despite the size of these beetles they are capable of competent flight. Beetles in the subfamily Cetoninae have a trick to make flying easier-instead of having to raise the large elytra which are the modified forewings they have a “slot” at the side from which the wings can slide out.

Stuart Humphreys
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