Scarab beetle

Scarab beetle

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Caption: Scarab beetle. Composite image of a scarab beetle (family Scarabaeidae), seen from above (right) and upside down. The modified forewings (elytra, striped, upper to lower right) form a tough casing that folds over the membranous hind wings (not seen) when the beetle is at rest. The second and third pairs of legs and the rear end of the abdomen (lower left) bear long bristles (brown), which may have a sensory function. The scarab beetle family is one of the largest families of insects. It contains two groups; the dung beetles, which bury their eggs in large balls of dung, and the chafers, which feed on plants.

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