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Goliathus albosignatus (Goliath beetle)

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Ecdysozoa > Panarthropoda > Tritocerebra > Arthopoda > Mandibulata > Atelocerata > Panhexapoda > Hexapoda > Insecta (insects) > Dicondyla > Pterygota > Metapterygota > Neoptera > Eumetabola > Holometabola > Coleoptera (beetles) > Polyphaga > Superfamily: Scarabaeoidea > Family: Scarabaeidae > Subfamily: Cetoniinae > Tribe: Goliathiini

All species in the Goliathus genus are native to Africa and are primarily tropical. Goliathus albosignatus occurs in the more temperate south eastern part of Africa. This is the largest fruit chafer in the southern African region and reaches about 40-60mm. They are known to gather in Marula trees (Sclerocarya birrea caffra) and adults feed on a variety of fruits and also on gum and sap from Acacia trees.

Goliathus albosignatus


Goliathus albosignatus (Goliath beetle), 40-60mm, is the largest beetle in the southern African region - east Africa and northern South African. [image by A. Weaving  , from Field Guide to Insects of South Africa, used with permission].


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