Rainforest Biodiversity Guide

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Hercules Beetle
Hercules Beetle

Scientific Name: Dynastes tityus

Category: Animal

Primary Layer: Forest Floor

Fun Facts:

  • It is also known as the rhinoceros beetle.
  • The rhinoceros beetles are among the largest beetles on earth, some growing up to 7 inches in length.
  • They are named for the males' large characteristic horns.
  • The beetles may posses up to seven horns which protrude from both the thorax and head.
  • The horns are used for combat over females and food sources.
  • However viscious they may look the beetle are harmless herbivores.
  • The rhinoseros beetles may live for over four years.