Scarab beetle

Scarab beetle

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Credit: BARBARA STRNADOVA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Jewel scarab beetle (Chrysina resplendens) specimen. The scarab beetle family is one of the largest families of insects, with over 35,000 species worldwide. The scarab beetle is identified by the presence of a club at the end of its short and elbowed antennae (top centre). This beetle is adapted for burrowing and has well devloped tibiae on its forelegs (either side of head) for digging. The membranous hind wings are protected by forewings (elytra). Many species of scarab beetle have brightly coloured or metallic elytra, which are incorporated into jewellery and textiles. This specimen is from Costa Rica.

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