The Big Guns
Need to toss a bloke of a tree? Lift more than 100 times your weight? Scare the crap out of someone?
We’ve found someone who can do all that, and make it look effortless. Old Spice guy, move out of the way. There’s a new crew in town and they are sizzling HOT. Our new spotlight favorites have a unique signature body part that sets them apart from other beetles. Yes, you guess it…It’s their horn… Say hello to my little friends… ‘The Rhino Beetles.’
The subfamily of Dynastidae, a.k.a. The Rhino Beetles, have rapidly gained notoriety amongst the insect world as being some of the biggest, the strongest and the toughest beetle around. The most popular members of this family are the big three: the Hercules Beetles (Dynastes), the Atlas Beetles (Chalcosoma) and the Elephant Beetles (Megasoma)
These massive beetles are known to hang around and create trouble in the South East Asia and Pacific Regions where their greatest crime is gluttony; they can defoliate and sometimes kill coconut and oil palms. These guys are usually nocturnal and hide away during the day under logs and vegetation. There are some smaller versions of these species littered around the rest of the world and can often be found burrowing about in the common garden.
While these fellas look fairly menacing with those huge horns (only the male of the species develops these astounding horns) they really are softies, are not aggressive and actually make good pets. People have taken to using these tough guys in bug fights as they will only attack other males in a fight for a female. They will literally toss another male off a tree to prove their manhood. When they mate the male mounts the female and they teeter about the log sometimes ending up on the underside and hanging from it. The male beetle never lets go. Can someone say clingy?
The females can give birth to about 50 eggs. These larvae take longer than average to grow and will grow to enormous sizes. It’s important to keep all these ‘little’ grubs happily fed on a high protein diet, else they might turn cannibalistic and eat their brothers and sisters.
In Australia, when fried, they are considered a delicacy of the bush.