Just in case you’d forgotten about them, the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders would like to take this opportunity to remind you about the existence of the incredibly enormous Titan beetle, aka Titanus giganteus. Japanese entomologist Munetoshi Maruyama happened upon this colossal creature while studying insects in South America.

“Here comes the star of the show. While I was looking up at this eudaemonia troglophylla (a species of moth) flying overhead, I heard a loud noise and something hitting the curtain. When I turned around I couldn’t believe my eyes; it was a titan beetle. I immediately went to grab it and was taken aback by how large it was. I couldn’t help but let out a shout.”

The largest known Titan beetle on record measure 6.6 inches long. Maruyama’s beetle measured 6.3 inches long, making it a very impressive specimen indeed. They’re elusive insects that usually only venture out into the open in search of mates on particularly hot, rainy days or at night, so happening upon this one in the middle of the day was an exceptionally rare experience.

[via RocketNews24]

omg i want one, i will walk it on a little jeweled leash and have it wear tiny hats

Okay the beetle’s cool and all but I would have been WAY more interested in that Eudaemonia troglophylla

I mean LOOK at it

I want the beetle and the moth……time to travel!


Cordyceps fungus is an airborne genus of sac fungi that includes 400
different species. All have specific
individual host species. All Cordyceps species are parasitic mainly on
insects and other arthropods. When
the Cordyceps fungus attacks the host, the fungus invades the brain and
causes the host to become disorientated. Its
infected brain directs the insect upwards and forces the host to clamp
onto a leaf, vine or a branch high off the ground and fuses with the
surface killing off the insect. Over time, small white shoots start to
sprout out from the body and eventually takes over the entire carcass.
The host becomes a so called sustainable root on which the fungi grows.

Photo credit: Mark A Fernley