Scarabs are a mesmerisingly diverse family of beetle found in every part of the world except in the oceans and on Antarctica. There are about 30,000 scarab species comprising about 10 percent of all known beetles.
The June bug pinging incessantly off your front porch light is a type of scarab. The Japanese beetle that savages your landscaping? A scarab as well. The enormous rhinoceros beetles of Central and South America are scarabs. And perhaps the most famous member of the family, the sacred scarab, was actually worshipped by the Egyptians as the embodiment of the sun god Khepri.
Size: 0.08 to 6.7 in (0.2 to 17 cm)
Weight: Up to 3.5 oz (100 g)
Did you know? Australia, which has relatively few scarab species, imports them to help clean up dung from cattle farms.
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