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World's Strongest animal!

Hey guys, if you held a contest to find the strongest animal in the world, who do you think the winner would be? Would an elephant? Or maybe a giant squid? If we did all the animals of the same size to be a fair contest, the winner is an animal that can lift 850 times its own weight. Imagine carrying around 850 of your friends!

Have you guessed yet? The animal world's strongest … is a beetle!

Beetles insects are incredible. More species of beetles than any other group of living things. In fact, a quarter of all known life forms on Earth are beetles!

Beetles all share the same basic way: they have a hard exoskeleton, a body with six legs and two pairs of wings. The couple ahead is hard, like a shell, and makes a protective cover over the delicate inner wings.

We can usually tell beetles separate the cover of the hardliners. For example, one of the most Celebrity beetles, ladybugs or ladybird, has a cover with red spots black wing. Some wing covers can be extremely beautiful, with bright metallic colors that make look like a small jewel beetles. A fun fact about the beetles is to throw this hard outer shell as they grow, and you can find shells empty trees and attached to the underside of the leaves if you look carefully.

The stronger the beetle rhinoceros beetle, which gets its name from the horn giant in front of your head. The rhinoceros beetle is actually the world's strongest animal – is the only one capable of lifting 850 times their own weight. Even the ants, who are famous for their strength, they can only lift 50 times its weight.

One of the most scary looking beetles is the stag beetle. Their jaws are so large that they look like the antlers of a deer! They eat leaves and bark, but may also provide a powerful bite if you try to bother them, so it's best leave them alone.

Some beetles even like to swim. Whirlygig beetles swimming in the water, and turn in circles if they're scared. A fun fact on whirlygigs is that if they need to dive under the water, take an air bubble with them so that they can stay low!

Some cultures even watch beetle sacred. Beetles are a kind of sacred beetle. Another name for beetles are dung beetles, for rolling a dung ball, move it to a sheltered place their eggs in manure, and when the eggs hatch, the larvae of dung beetles eat! They live in Egypt where the desert meets the farmland, and this is also where Egyptian burials take place. Because of this, and the habit of baby beetles appear unexpectedly from a ball of dung that came to represent eternal life of the ancient Egyptians. There is even an ancient Egyptian story that says the sun is rolled across the sky by a giant beetle god!

So next time you spot a bug when you're out for a walk, stop a moment to pay their respects. After all, the beetles can lift more than any another animal, they become submarines, and rolling the sun across the sky: it deserves a round of applause!

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About the Author

Sarah Jane Elliott is a contributing author of curious science articles for an online kids science portal. She holds a honors bachelor of Science degree from University of Toronto, specializing in zoology and behavior. Sarah is an author of speculative fiction, as well as a teacher and museum educator. Visit http://www.sciencescore.com.


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