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Golofa Scarab

Golofa imperialis


Large Rhinoceros Scarab of the Genus Golofa with a body length of 3.5 cm. These are always impressive to find and not very common. They have very long legs, especially the prolegs, with long tibiae which make them kind of clumsy on a flat surface but very effective on tree branches. The thoracic horn has a triangular tip when seen from above (fifth picture) and is full of golden hairs on the interior side. The clypeal horn is very long, has several teeth and can be brought up close to the prothoracic horn for grasping (last picture). The spiny legs are painful and difficult to remove if it clamps on to your hand. Golofa scarabs are also interesting in that they exude a strong fruity odor. Family Scarabaeidae.


Came to the lights of a house in a semi-rural area, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.


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LaurenZarate 5 years ago

Thank you so much Ashley, Rieko, Gilma and Antonio :)

Great spotting Lauren,congrats on the SOTD and thanks for sharing

Congratulations on the SOTD! Love the 6th picture, lovely creature, LaurenZarate.

RiekoS 5 years ago


AshleyT 5 years ago

Congrats Lauren, this beautiful beetle has been selected as Spotting of the Day!



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San Cristóbal De Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico

Spotted on Aug 11, 2016
Submitted on Aug 23, 2016

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