The rhinoceros beetle has an amazing strength; to give you a better idea, an elephant can lift around 25 times its own weight, the Rhino Beetle can carry 850 times their own weight, if you take their strength in relation to their size it’s incredible, if man had the strength of the rhinoceros beetle, he would be able to lift a 65 ton object, now that’s strong, and an Elephant would be able to carry 850 other Elephants on its back.
So it would be correct to say the Rhinoceros beetle is the strongest animal on the planet, this little 60 millimetres long beetle beats them all.
He is among the largest of the beetles and because of his amazing strength has many names that reflect that fact, as well as Rhinoceros his he is also know as the Atlas Beetle, Elephant Beetle, Hercules Beetle and the Ox Beetle.
Little miniature Rhinos
Their name Rhinoceros comes from the fact that they have two horns one on top of their head and the other just sticking out from the middle of the thorax, looking very like a little miniature Rhinoceros.
Rhinoceros beetles are popular pets in Asia. Properly because they are clean, easy to maintain, and safe to handle, and in spite of their fierce appearance, they are all totally harmless and this could be another reason to have them as pets, and as a bonus they don’t bite or sting, the perfect pet.
They can also fly
Another string to their bow is they can fly; perhaps we should call him super-beetle The Rhino like a lot of other insects they are attracted to lights at night
In Asia they can often be seen flying around the street lights these little guys can be seen all year round in the tropical north but in warmer countries like Australia are only seen in summer.
Rhino beetles (Not to be confused with the Ringo Beatle, he’s the one that plays the drums) can be found all over Africa and some in Arabia, one of the species, the European has been seen as far north as Norway and Sweden this species is rare and is legally protected in some countries, but so far none have been found in Britain.
This little feller can also be quite a problem; he is seen by many as a pest, its appetite includes the crown of palm trees, coconut palm and date palms these are all affected by the Rhino beetle causing damage and sometime killing the trees.
High protein food
Some species in the rainforests of some tropical countries are in danger of extinction because of deforestation, another reason why they are in danger from disappearing is that the larvae of rhinoceros beetles are fat white grubs; feeding on rotten wood and so in many part of the world are collected as a high protein food, and are often eaten or used in the making of cooking oil.
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