Goliathus goliatus

Zhao Li2001

Insect Museum of West China

Insect Museum of West China
Chengdu, China

Native to Africa, Goliathus goliatus is the heaviest, largest and most gorgeous scarab in the world belonging to the genus Goliathus of the subfamily Cetoniinae. According to the practice, the genera with the word "goliath" in their Latin names are usually giants of countable size within their family. This names come from Goliath, an African giant who fought against King David in the Hebrew Bible, and fits perfectly to the largest beetle in Africa. The body length of adults can reach 11cm, and larvae can grow to more than 10cm long weighing more than 100g. Compared with other scarab beetles, Goliathus goliatus have a greater need for high-protein foods. Some breeders found that their larvae are particularly fond of dog food. Newly hatched larvae can grow to more than 3cm in two weeks if they are fed with dog food. This strange discovery sounds incredible, but it has been verified repeatedly.


  • Title: Goliathus goliatus
  • Creator: Zhao Li
  • Date Created: 2001
  • Type: specimen
  • Location: Cameroon

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