Beetle Interesting Facts
What type of animal is a rhinoceros beetle?
The subfamily Dynastinae, or the beetle rhinoceros, come under the scarab beetle family (also known as Scarabaeidae).
What class of animal does a hercules beetle (rhinoceros) belong to?
Rhinoceros beetles belong to the order Cleopatra of the class Insecta.
How many rhinoceros beetles are there in the world?
The exact number of rhinoceros beetles is extremely difficult to collect, but over 1,500 species and 225 genera are known to us.
Where does a rhinoceros beetle live?
Rhinoceros beetles are spread all around the world on every continent but Antarctica. Leaf litters, plants, and fallen logs are the preferred environment of these beetles which can help protect their species from other wildlife.
What is a rhinoceros beetle's habitat?
Rhinoceros beetles are spread in the wildlife worldwide, ranging from Fiji, Hawaii, Mauritius, Réunion in Africa, Bangladesh to Vietnam. Some anecdotal reports also place these beetles in Iran and Yemen.
Who do rhinoceros beetles live with?
These rhino beetles usually live alone, aside from breeding season when the males and females mate. These rhino beetles can also live away from wildlife and be kept, by humans, as pets.
How long does a rhinoceros beetle live?
The average lifespan of these rhino beetles can range from about three months to six months.
How do they reproduce?
Rhino beetles reproduce in a similar manner across the various species. Male rhinoceros beetles possess horns that help them dominate site gaps. Males use these horns to drive away other males from their territory. This gives the rhino beetle the chance to mate with females. The larger males often dominate this method of mating that involves defending mating sites. Larger rhino beetles with larger horns tend to win more contests and therefore mate much more frequently. The small males with small horns have interestingly been observed to use other strategies and methods to mate successfully.
What is their conservation status?
The conservation status of these beetles comes under Not Extinct. Although humans exploit some species of these beetles for their personal capitalistic ventures, their population is under no major threat.
Rhinoceros Beetle Fun Facts
What do rhinoceros beetles look like?
Dynastes (hercules and rhinoceros beetles) are black, grey, or greenish in color covered with soft hair and possessing two heads.
Rhinoceros beetle larvae are white with a red head-like structure. The biggest larvae can grow up to 4 in (10 cm) long.
How cute are they?
They are often kept as a pet by humans. Photographers have been fond of capturing these beetles all around the world. So we can say these beetles are definitely considered cute.
How do they communicate?
Rhinoceros beetles communicate using chemicals, scents, and vibrations depending upon the species.
How big is a rhinoceros beetle?
Rhinoceros beetles are the biggest of their species. These beetles can be as big as 6 in (15 cm).
How fast can rhinoceros beetles move?
The recorded speed of the rhino beetle ranges from 2-8 mph (3-12 kmph).
How much does a rhinoceros beetle weigh?
The weight of these insects is between 0.03-0.06 lb (18-28 g).
What are the male and female names of the species?
There isn't any defined name for the males and females of their species.
What would you call a rhinoceros beetle?
Rhino beetles can be referred to as 'hercules beetle' due to its sheer strength.
What do they eat?
The adults feed on tree sap while the larvae feed on rotting wood.
Are they harmful?
No, rhino beetles do not sting or bite in any way and are mostly safe.
Would they make a good pet?
If you do not have entomophobia of any sort, then these insects can be a very good pet to have.
Did you know...
If rhinoceros beetles are disturbed in wildlife, they produce hissing squeaks as a defense mechanism. These sounds are not vocal but produced by the beetle rubbing the wing covers and the abdomen together to scare away predators successfully.
Strength and weight of the rhinoceros beetle
Rhinoceros beetles are among the strongest creatures in the wild, and all prior anecdotal evidence suggests that these creatures can lift an estimated 850 times their own weight.
Different types of rhinoceros beetle
The types of rhinoceros beetles known to us are far too many. The most common and famous types are the coconut and Japanese rhinoceros beetles. The coconut rhinoceros beetle facts are somewhat similar to the general facts discussed above with minor differences. These differences range from the size of the horns to the dominance of black color or other minor variance in the larval stage or in the rhinoceros beetle grub.
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