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Beetles. Scarab By Alberto Najera. Information. The scarab beetles include the biggest insect in the world in sheer mass The Egyptians saw the scarab as a symbol of resurrection The family Scarabaeidae includes dung beetles, June beetles, rhinoceros beetles, chafers, and flower scarabs.

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beetles

Beetles

Scarab

By Alberto Najera

information
Information
  • The scarab beetles include the biggest insect in the world in sheer mass
  • The Egyptians saw the scarab as a symbol of resurrection
  • The family Scarabaeidae includes dung beetles, June beetles, rhinoceros beetles, chafers, and flower scarabs.
  • Some male scarabs, such as rhinoceros or Hercules beetles, bear "horns" on their heads, which they use to spar with other males over food or females
  • There are over 20,00 scarab beetles that inhabit the world. Over 1,500 inhabit in North America
benefits
Benefits
  • A large group of scarab beetles are scavengers, feeding on decaying vegetation.
  • Dung beetles, play an extremely important role in the rapid recycling of organic matter and the disposal of disease-breeding wastes.
  • Despite their ferocious appearance these beetles are harmless to people
how they harm others
How they harm others
  • The way that this insect is harmful is mainly in its larva stage. During this stage they feed off the root of plants.
  • Other species of scarab beetles feed on living plants.
there history with the egyptians
There History with the Egyptians
  • In ancient Egypt the periodic appearance of this beetle in great numbers on the surface of the Nile mud led men to associate the sacred scarab with resurrection and immortality.
  • Finely carved scarabs were used as seals in ancient Egypt; inscribed scarabs were issued to commemorate important events or buried with mummies.
  • Other species of scarab beetles feed on living plants.
  • It was believed that the scarab-beetle god Khepera would push the sun like the beetles would pus the dung balls around.
  • scarab amulets were often placed over the heart of the mummified deceased
sources
Sources
  • Debbie , H. (n.d.). insects.about.com. Retrieved from http://insects.about.com/od/beetles/p/scarab-beetles.htm
  • (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.factmonster.com/ce6/sci/A0843879.html
  • Egyptian myths. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.egyptianmyths.net/scarab.htm
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