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A Rhinocheros Beetle

>> Jul 21, 2012


These beetles have other common names such as Hercules beetles, unicorn beetles or horn beetles. They are among the biggest of beetles, reaching more than 150 mm (5.9 in) in length, but are absolutely safe to humans because they cannot bite or sting.

Their common names refer to the characteristic horns borne only by the males of most species in the group. Each has a horn on the thorax and another horn pointing forward from the center thorax. The horns are used in fighting other males during mating season, and for digging (source:Wikipedia).

I saw this one at our porch a few days ago. My husband took some pictures for me. I’ve just known later that the beetle is harmless.

8 komentar:

joanne July 22, 2012 at 1:07 AM  

OMG....what a monster! Even if he is harmless, I'd rather he wasn't anywhere near me! Fabulous shots of a shiny critter....

Kay L. Davies July 22, 2012 at 1:40 AM  

An amazing camera critter. I agree with Joanne, I don't think I'd want one on my porch, even if they are harmless.
But the photos are also amazing!

Kay, Alberta, Canada

Pat July 22, 2012 at 5:25 AM  

What an awesome critter! Great photos.

SquirrelQueen July 22, 2012 at 10:30 AM  

He is a rather imposing fellow. Knowing he is harmless might keep me from shooing him off my porch.

penyuluh perikanan July 22, 2012 at 10:55 AM  

I recently found out that this beetle is having tenderness, judging form the hard ...
very nice and interesting
thank you

chubskulit July 22, 2012 at 12:08 PM  

love the Hercules version name hehehe! Have a great weekend.

My Loyal companion Pet, come and see.

Shilpa July 22, 2012 at 10:13 PM  

Wow! Great photos on the beetle... I like their horns :) Never known about them.

Hugs
Shilpa

christinapictures July 28, 2012 at 2:39 PM  

It is a beautiful bug! Have a good weekend!

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