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Museum unveils dying giant beetle
Titanus giganteus
Adult Titan Beetles do not feed, they simply fly around to find mates
One of the largest insects in the world is living out its final days in an Oxford museum.

The 15cm long Titan Beetle was brought back from French Guyana by documentary makers and given to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

The live weight of the insect is 35 grams, and its powerful jaws can snap pencils in half and cut human flesh.

Adult Titan Beetles only live a few weeks and this one is being looked after at the museum until it dies.

The beetle was brought by the makers of Life in the Undergrowth, a five-part BBC series with David Attenborough.

Dr George McGavin, acting curator of entomology at the Museum, was scientific advisor for the series.

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