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10 of the largest insects in the world

By: Bryan Nelson on Feb. 17, 2016, 10:30 a.m.
acteon beetle

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Acteon beetle

Megasoma acteon, another of the giant beetle species in the Amazon rain forest of South America, can reach lengths of more than 5 inches long and can grow as thick as 1.6 inches.

It has a formidable armor like most beetles and very powerful legs that have large claws that help the beetle grip trees. In fact, due primarily to its massive size, adult acteon beetles have almost no natural predators.

However, acteon beetles are sometimes kept as pets by children who live in the rain forest.