Titanus giganteus LINNAEUS, 1771 – A real “Titan”

March 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

We’ll kick things off with this monster, it’s a Titan beetle.
The biggest Cerambycidae – Titanus giganteus LINNAEUS, 1771.

Titanus giganteus LINNAEUS, 1771

The Titan is one of the world’s largest beetles and is found in the South American rainforests, it grows up to 15cm (6 in) long. The insect’s ferocious looking mandibles are said to be strong enough to snap through pencils, quite what they’re used for is a mystery, as the adult beetles don’t actually eat. All the adults do is fly around looking for a mate. The larvae are extremely difficult to find, but bore holes in trees suggest that the juvenile Titan is a two-inch-thick, foot-long maggot. (by Edgar Allan)

Titanus giganteus LINNAEUS, 1771 – the face view

Titanus giganteus LINNAEUS, 1771 – the face view

Titanus giganteus LINNAEUS, 1771 – body view – 169 mm – a real giant

Titanus giganteus LINNAEUS, 1771 – total body length – 169 mm

Home forest for Titanus giganteus – The Amazon Rainforest

The light trap in the night – catching the “Titan”

The light trap in the night – catching the “Titan”