The Rhinoceros Beetle
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Hercules Rhinoceros beetle (Dynastes Hercules), found deep in the Tortuguero tropical rainforest habitat, Costa Rica.
Dynastinae or rhinoceros beetles are a subfamily of the scarab beetle family (Scarabaeidae).
Other common names some for particular groups of rhinoceros beetles are for example, Hercules beetles, unicorn beetles or horn beetles.
Over 300 species of rhinoceros beetles are known.
The males have specialised horns on the head and thorax that they use to fight with each other to gain mating rights with females
Many rhinoceros beetles are well known for their unique shapes and large sizes. Some famous species are, for example, the Atlas beetle (Chalcosoma atlas), common rhinoceros beetle (Xylotrupes ulysses), elephant beetle (Megasoma elephas), European rhinoceros beetle (Oryctes nasicornis), Hercules beetle (Dynastes hercules),
Japanese rhinoceros beetle or kabutomushi (Allomyrina dichotoma), ox beetle (Strategus aloeus) and the unicorn beetle (Dynastes tityus)
This was a real treat to find and capture this image in Tortuguero, Costa Rica.
Chalcosoma atlas, like other beetles of the genus Chalcosoma, is remarkable for its size that can reach a length of about 25 to 60 millimeters (0.98 to 2.36 in) in the females.
As common in some Scarabaeidae, the males are larger than the females, reaching a length of about 60 to 130 millimeters (2.4 to 5.1 in).
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September 22nd, 2013
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