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Rhinocerous beetle



Large brown beetle. Characteristics of male species are the protruding horn on the head. These beetles do have wings, but are not very adept to flying due to their large bodies.


These beetles are found throughout the world with the exception of Antarctica. They are nocturnal and are often found under logs, in mulch, leaves, or plants.


The larval stage of this beetle can last for several years. They are herbivores, and can live 2-3 years. There are over 300 species of rhinoceros beetles. According to Wikipedia they are also kept as pets in some parts of Asia.

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Tukup 4 months ago
Ox Beetle
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Dawn Lopez-Garanzuay
Dawn Lopez-Garanzuay 4 months ago

Thanks again Tukup!

Tukup 4 months ago

Hi Dawn. I believe it is a positive ID. Looking at all the insects, especially beetles found in Texas on the site I gave in the ID box and comparing your beetle with those in the family Dynastinae on Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynastinae... I don't see where it could be anything else. Perhaps someone will give a +1 on my ID if you have doubts, but if you compare your foto with those in the links, I think you'll be convinced. If you have a specific question or doubt, feel free to ask.

Dawn Lopez-Garanzuay
Dawn Lopez-Garanzuay 4 months ago

Thank you Tukup for the information! Can I ask, in your opinion is your information a positive i.d. so that I can update my information?

Tukup 4 months ago

Hi Dawn. Nice catch. The site I listed in the ID box is from https://www.insectidentification.org/ which is an excellent arthropod identification site. In most cases I begin with "Insects by state." Thanksfor sharing these fotos.

San Antonio, Texas, USA

Lat: 29.42, Long: -98.46

Spotted on Nov 25, 2018
Submitted on Nov 23, 2018

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