SPECIES Titanus giganteus male
FRAME 21.5x29.5xD5cm Made from recycled products.
DESCRIPTION AKA The Titan beetle. Found in tropical forests near the equator in south America this longhorn beetle is the worlds biggest beetle and can grow up to 160mm. The larvae live for several years in buried decaying wood with adults emerging for a brief annual flight period during which they reproduce and die.
*Adult males have an impressive threat display when disturbed:
- they make a loud hissing sound by expelling air from their ‘spiracles’ (or breathing holes) along the sides of the body
- they also have defensive spines on the inside margins of the legs (absent in the female) and on the sides of the thorax
- and an impressive pair of ‘nutcracker’ jaws that can break a pencil or make star shaped cracks in a plastic ruler
*Source - NHM
Set in white matt these specimens are HUGE !!!! 120 - 124 mm.
Not often stocked. Strictly limited item.
COMES IN RECYCLED CARDBOARD GIFT BOX