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Dazzling New Mimic Beetles Found, May Already Be Under Threat
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Duking it out over dung, beetle battle heads into overtime
Watch two dung beetles fight for the right to take home a critical resource.
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Beetle juice turns corpses into cozy nurseries—here's how
Analysis of bodies tended by burying beetles reveals that they are coated in very particular preservative fluids.
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7 Demonic Creatures: Thorny Devil, Satanic Gecko, And More
For some diabolical-looking animals, “you look like hell” may not be so much of an insult.
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These Beetles Use Booze-Soaked Trees To Farm Their Food
Ambrosia beetles have a surprising reason for seeking out trees full of ethanol.
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Without These Flies, There'd Be No Chocolate
We are forever grateful for the scavengers and pollinators that keep our planet healthy.
The Aussie Bees That Mummify Beetles Alive loading...
The Aussie Bees That Mummify Beetles Alive
How is it that stingless bees, that only share a brief evolutionary history with hive beetles, have such an effective defence?
About Scarab Beetle

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.

Fast Facts 

Type: Bug

Diet: Omnivore

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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