Sunday, 4 November 2012

Longest Beetle in the World

The titan beetle is the world's largest species of beetle.It is a member of the Cerambycidae family, or “longhorn beetles”. This huge beetle is the longest known beetle in the Amazon rainforest and is found in French Guiana, north Brazil and Columbia.

Post Fiji Limited pleased to dedicated to this species by issuing one imperforate stamp on February 27, 2004. The issue stamp depict the titan beetle as the longest known beetle in the world.

Adults grow as long as 16.7 cm  and their mandibles are strong, can  cause damage to a person's flesh. The beetle is only found in the hot, humid regions around the tropics, very near to the equator.

The larvae of these beetles feed on dead wood, below the surface of the ground. Because titan beetle larvae feed on large chunks of wood, they need to live in regions where there is plenty of hard, indigenous wood from huge trees available. The shrinking population of these beetles, is mainly due to habitat destruction from the timber industry.

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