English Name: Melly Masked Stag BeetleScientific Name: Homoderus mellyi Parry, 1862Origin: Cameroon, CongoSize: 20-55mmRarity Level: ★★★Description: Melly Masked Stag Beetle is one of very unique stag beetle with head armature and coloration. They occur in Cameroon and Congo, and your insect is from Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon. While most stag beetle species are either brown or black colored, Melly is bright orange to brown colored stag beetle. Also, there is armature (bizarre mask-like) armature on their head makes them being called Masked Stag Beetle!
The species name Melly is derived from a cotton merchant of Swiss-origin, Andrew Melly (12 May 1802 - 19 January 1851) who settled in England and was a keen amateur entomologist, naturalist, and specimen collector. Many insects are described from his collections, and are named after him upon his death in trip to Egypt at the edge of the Nubian desert. His biological collections of nearly 35,000 specimens!! are now deposited in the Geneva Natural History Museum.
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