Male Goliath beetle

Male Goliath beetle

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Caption: Male Goliath beetle (Goliathus goliathus) specimen. The Goliath beetle is not only one of the largest scarab beetles but one of the largest insects in the world, growing up to 14 centimetres in length. The Goliath beetle can be identified by the presence of a pair of claws, called tarsi, on each of its six legs. The tarsi are very strong and let the beetle hold tightly to tree trunks. The beetle has sensitive, clubbed antennae with scent receptors that help it find food and mates. The male has a Y-shaped horn on its head, which it uses to fight other males over territory or mates. All Goliath beetles are found in Africa.

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