Surprisingly, there are over 350,000 different varieties of beetles found all across the planet, making them the largest group of insects in the animal kingdom. Except for the polar areas and the sea, these are species that can be found in almost any type of habitat. Most are predators, while some are parasites or scavengers.
Dynastinae, sometimes known as rhinoceros beetles, are a scarab beetle subfamily (Scarabaeidae). Other common names for rhinoceros beetles are Hercules beetles, unicorn beetles, and horn beetles, to mention a few. There are around 1500 species and 225 genera of rhinoceros beetles.
Many rhinoceros beetles are well known for their unique shapes and large sizes. Here are 10 of them that i think the most awesome-est of them all!!!
1. Actaeon Beetle (Megasoma actaeon)
The Actaeon beetle is one of the largest beetles, measuring up to 7 cm (2.8 in) wide and 5 to 12 cm (2.0–4.7 in) in length. This species is found in South America, specifically Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, México, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.
Males can reach lengths of 13.5 cm (5.4 in) and thicknesses of 4 cm (1.6 in). The dorsal surfaces are glabrous (bald), matte or shiny black in color. The legs are strong and have huge tarsal claws. Males have horn-like extensions on the pronotum and on the head. The two parallel horns on the pronotum are short, pointy, and forward pointing, whereas the head has a considerably longer horn with a little tooth. The pronotum and elytra of females are rugose, and the horns are absent.
2. Hercules Beetle (Dynastes hercules)
The Hercules beetle is a rhinoceros beetle species found in the rainforests of Central America, South America, and the Lesser Antilles. It is the world’s oldest extant species of beetle and one of the world’s largest flying insects. It is recognized for its incredible strength and is named after Hercules, a mythological warrior noted for his amazing strength.
Adult body lengths (excluding the thoracic horn) range between 5 and 8.5 cm (2.0 and 3.3 in) and widths between 2.9 and 4.2 cm (1.1 and 1.7 in). Male Hercules beetles can grow to be up to 17.3 cm (7 in) long (including the horn), making them the world’s longest beetle species if jaws and/or horns are included in the measurement.
3. Atlas Beetle (Chalcosoma atlas)
The Atlas beetle is a huge species of beetle in the Scarabaeidae family that lives in Southeast Asia. Males are distinguished by three prominent horns. The species is named after Atlas, the Greek mythological giant who supported the heavens. Males are larger than females, reaching lengths of 6 to 13 cm (2.4 to 5.1 in); females reach lengths of 2.5 to 6 cm (0.98 to 2.36 in).
4. Japanese Rhino Beetle (Allomyrina dichotoma)
Rhinoceros beetles are known as kabutomushi in Japanese. Mushi is the Japanese word for insect, and kabuto is the Japanese word for helmet, referring to the samurai helmet. It demonstrates a strong sexual dimorphism. Males are substantially larger, attaining lengths ranging from 40 to 80 mm, while females can reach lengths ranging from 40 to 60 mm.
This species’ long cephalic horn has a distinctive morphology in the shape of the letter Y and is used by males during mating and to maintain territories. They pick other males off the ground and throw them into the air using their forked horn. They feature a smaller forked thoracic horn in addition to their spectacular and elaborate protuberance.
5. Five Horned Rhino Beetle (Eupatorus gracilicornis)
The five-horned rhinoceros beetle is a beetle with four huge horns on its prothorax and one extra-long cephalic horn. China, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam have all reported sightings of the five-horned rhinoceros beetle. Its color is a gleaming jet-black, with golden or gold elytra or forewings.
The body is protected by a thick exoskeleton, and a pair of thick wing covers sit above another set of membranous wings beneath, allowing the beetle to fly, though inefficiently due to its vast size.
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