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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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