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Atlas beetle (Chalcosoma caucasus) at the Bugarium at the Albuquerque BioPark.

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Atlas beetle (Chalcosoma caucasus) at the Bugarium at the Albuquerque BioPark.

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The pupal stage of an atlas beetle (Chalcosoma atlas) at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, Nebraska.

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A male Atlas beetle (Chalcosoma atlas) at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, Nebraska.

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A male Atlas beetle (Chalcosoma atlas) at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, Nebraska.

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A zookeeper holds two larva of the atlas beetle (Chalcosoma atlas) at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo.When grown into an adult, this type of beetle is able to lift 850 times its own body weight making it the strongest animal on earth compared to its body weight.

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Pupal stage of the atlas beetle (Chalcosoma atlas) at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo. When grown into an adult, this type of beetle is able to lift 850 times its own body weight making it the strongest animal on earth compared to its body weight.

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A male Atlas beetle (Chalcosoma atlas) and a female (smaller, hornless) at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo. This type of beetle is able to lift 850 times its own body weight making it the strongest animal on earth compared to its body weight.

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Larval stage of the atlas beetle (Chalcosoma atlas) at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo. When grown into an adult, this type of beetle is able to lift 850 times its own body weight making it the strongest animal on earth compared to its body weight.

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