The two-horned beetle (Dicheros bicornis) is a species of a scarab beetle (family Scarabaeidae) that is found in Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia. There are a number of subspecies that range in color from brown to red to yellow to white.
Beetles (order Coleoptera) are the largest group of animals on Earth, with over 350,000 distinct species, and scientists believe there may still be thousands of species of beetles that haven’t yet been discovered. Like all insects, beetles have three main body segments–the head, the thorax, and the abdomen. Like many other insects, beetles have two pairs of wings. This very diverse group of insects is characterized primarily by their hard front wings, called elytra, which protect their soft abdomen and their more frail back wings. Most beetles can fly using their back wings.
Scarab beetles are a family of beetles whose bodies are compact and oval in shape. They can be as small as 1 millimeter (0.04 inches) or as large as 12 centimeters (4.7 inches). The characteristic that best distinguishes scarab beetles from other families of beetles is their unusual antennae. In scarab beetles, the last few segments of their antennae form lamellae or plates. These lamellae can be folded to form a club or fanned open to sense odors. Many scarab beetles also have toothed front legs that they use to dig. Scarabs include some of the most well-known of all beetles, such as the rhinoceros beetle, the dung beetle, the invasive Japanese beetle, and the large Goliath beetle. Some species of scarab beetles, like the metallic jewel scarabs, are brightly colored, making them a favorite of insect collectors.
belly, or the part of an animal containing its stomach, intestines, and liver.
hardened front wings that protect the anterior wings of beetles and some other insects.
thin, relatively rigid, plate-like anatomical structure.
part of a body between the neck and abdomen in animals or the part fused with the head in crustaceans and arachnids.