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Golofa aegeon (Drury, 1773)
Scarabaeus aegeon Drury, 1773 (original combination).
Golofa humboldti Erichson, 1847 (synonym).

Golofa aegeon



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Distribution: Colombia, Ecuador, Peru. (Hwang 2011).


Identification: Drury (1773), Endrödi (1985), Hwang (2011).


Biological Data: Dynastes grantii is the largest scarab in the western United States and is relatively common in Arizona. During the day adults can be found stripping the bark from velvet ash, Fraxinus velutina Torrey (Oleaceae), and feeding on sap (Menke 1988). Adults exhibit a defense behavior in which a brown liquid is squirted from the abdomen and directed at the perceived threat (Menke 1988). Dynastes grantii larvae have been found in rotten sycamore (Platanus racemosa Nutt., Platanaceae) (Ritcher 1966).


Life history: Unknown.


Larvae: Not described.


Drury, D. 1773. Illustrations of Natural History, Volume 2. Privately published for the author by B. White, London, United Kingdom. 90 pp., 50 plates.

Endrödi, S. 1985. The Dynastinae of the World. Dr. W. Junk Publisher, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. 800 pp., 46 plates.

Erichson, W. F. 1847. Conspectus insectorum coleopterorum quae. Republica Peruana observata sunt. Archiv für Naturgeschichte 13: 67-185.

Hope, F. W. 1837. On the Golofa beetle of Venezuela and its allied species. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London. 2: 42-45.

Hwang, S.-M.-R. 2011. The Dynastini of the World (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). Nature & Ecology (Academic Series), Volume 4. Seoul, South Korea. 368 pp.

Lachaume, G. 1985. Dynastini 1: Dynastes – Megasoma – Golofa. Les Coleopteres du Monde 5. Sciences Nat, Venette, France. 85 pp, 29 plates.



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