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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Goliath beetle manual for beetle hobbyists

The Goliath beetle, Goliathus goliatus, is among the largest and most spectacular of all African cetoniine scarabs. An inhabitant of tropical forests, it ranges across much of the continent's equatorial zone, and has the widest distribution of any species in its genus. In recent years, various Goliathus species (especially G. goliatus) have become more popular with beetle hobbyists as a better understanding of the particular needs of these beetles has been gained.

Although by no means one of the easier cetoniines to rear in captivity, with a bit of patience and effort, it is certainly possible to maintain Goliathus through multiple generations.

Although little appears to be known precisely about the biology of Goliathus in the wild, through considerable trial and error I have been able to formulate a captive rearing method for G. goliatus which has enabled me to keep the species in continuous culture since May of 1999, as well as produce adults which are of comparable size to many wild collected specimens.