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Meet the Beetles: Stunning Museum Specimens from London


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Beetles in the Scarabeidae family are known as scarab beetles, a group that includes approximately 30,000 species distributed around the world.

Scarab beetles have stout bodies, and many species also have powerful front legs that they use for digging. This unidentified species was collected in Colombia.

Thanatophilus lapponicus

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Thanatophilus lapponicus is also known as the northern carrion beetle. This species was described in 1793 by the German naturalist and entomologist Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Herbst.

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