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May is “Behind the Scenes” month on Insect of the Week, featuring images of the collection rooms.

Undergraduate intern Stephanie is transferring beetles in the family Scarabaeidae into insect unit trays and drawers. The insects were donated to the Field Museum by a collector who specialized in beetle specimens over 5cm long. The large beetles pictured are Hercules beetles, subfamily Dynastinae. Dynastes hercules and are found in the rainforests of Central and South America.

© The Field Museum, Photographer James H. Boone, Zoology - Division of Insects 2012
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creepy... i wouldnt be able to touch them.
 
Upon first glance, we truly thought these beetles were on serving platters! :-/ They're also -maybe more commonly- known as scarabs, right?
 
dont go never to amazonia,they are like V W beetles trying to touch you
 
good picture. Good luck to Stephanie and other researchers from FM
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