About 20 centimeters wide when it spreads its wing for flight, the Goliath can weigh up to 100 grams. It has a massive build-up of hard, glossy armor called chitin, which is responsible for much of its body weight. The Goliath beetle is also the heaviest flying insect. African children sometimes amuse themselves by tying a piece of string around one of these Goliath beetles and fly it in circles like a miniature kite. More often than not, Goliath beetles are fried in palm oil and eaten by the natives.
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