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Macrodontia cervicornis

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  • Naturalized collection
Photo: Insectarium de Montréal, René Limoges

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Description

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This longhorned beetle is one of the rarest, largest and most beautiful on the planet. Males can reach 16 cm in length. Thanks to the designs on its body, it is able to camouflage itself on trees where larvae have bored into the bark. The giant beetle is a disappearing species in inhabited regions of the Amazon basin, where people regularly eat the delicious larvae.

Country of origin

Peru
Scientific name
Macrodontia cervicornis
Class
Insecta
Order
Coleoptera
Family
Cerambycidae

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