The largest beetle in the world can knock you down

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Beetles-Goliath — real bullets

If you ever have an opportunity to ride a motorcycle on the roads of Africa, be sure to wear a helmet. The fact that over the African lands actively fly the heaviest insects in the world — beetles-Goliath (Goliathus). Their body length may equal 12 inches, and weight to reach 47 grams. We can say that this huge beetle bigger and heavier the cartridge, the Kalashnikov assault rifle, so if it touches a human head at high speed, it will certainly penetrate the skull. These insects are causing scientists of great interest, so over the years of their study, they learned many interesting things about them. They are remarkable not only for its large size, and taste preferences and reproduction — to get the attention of females, beetles staged a mass brawl.

The heaviest beetle

A Story about the biggest beetle is best to start with its size. The body length of the males can reach 12 inches, but females grow to only 8 inches. In nature, there are only 5 species of beetles Goliath and in General they are very similar to each other. Their strong torso is painted black, but individuals with white texture. On the head of the males have small horns, and females have a shield that helps them to dig the ground to lay it's larvae. Due to their large size, beetles-Goliath almost not afraid of anyone.

Male beetle Goliath with outstretched wings

But the large body size has a significant drawback — to lift him into the air, you need a lot of energy. Before the flight, the beetles warm up your body up to 35 degrees Celsius and it takes them a few tens of minutes. To gain energy, the great numbers of insects they eat sweets: fresh and rotten fruit left over after people freshly squeezed juices and so on. Mostly beetles-Goliath sitting on the trees and in flight travel only in search of females. To help them find their well-developed sense of smell.

Breeding insects

Female Goliaths ready to mate at different times, so that it is available individuals huge lines. Between males often occur a brawl — the winner gets all the attention females. Biologists have long noticed that males have very long front legs. Logically it is assumed that they needed to keep the females in a stationary position. But it's a necessary measure, because the sexual organs of beetles is very difficult and if you act important the accuracy limits.

beetle Goliath the size of a hand

After 2-4 weeks from the day of mating, the female beetle Goliath digs the ground and lay there eggs. Of them hatch into tiny larvae that feed on rotting plants and grow up to 15 centimeters. Then nasty form of "worms" are moving into the pupal stage to become adults. After that, they repeat the fate of their parents — to eat sweets, fly in search of females, multiply and so on. During the flight they may encounter with people and animals. Injuries after blows to their sturdy bodies, most likely, not be avoided.

Homemade bugs

It's surprising, but bugs-Goliaths are often held by people as Pets. Their breeding does not require special conditions — they require only warm and humid conditions, as well as rotten wood. No feed to buy is not necessary, because the beetle with an appetite eat rotten fruit, and can even enjoy the old jams. The only negative is the price look like larvae, which can cost anywhere from 500 to 20 000. Buy beetle Goliath is quite possible through venues such Avito, not only alive, but and dried — apparently they are in demand among collectors.

Beetles-Goliath on Avito. Made himself such a pet? Write in the comments or

Beetles-Goliath is not yet considered an endangered species, but they still need to be protected. Recently my colleague Love Sokovikova wrote an article about the so-called "Apocalypse of insects" — a mass extinction of these tiny creatures. Some scientists believe that without insects humans will not be able to continue their existence. And it's really not a joke, because of insects in our lives .

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