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European rhinoceros beetle

Oryctes nasicornis


Every year I meet some of these guys around the house:

Usually I see 6-8 males whilst only 1 or 2 females.

Capital males are ~4-4,5cm.

Cute beetles with no serious chelicerae.

In the last few years their number has multiplied, also Mammoth wasp (Megascolia maculata) occurs more frequently since. (!)

Protected species in Hungary.

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syzygy 10 months ago

Thank You Tiz!

Yep, just as Stag beetle - the more time (years) it spends in the root-zone as an ugly larva, the more beautiful bug come to light for a few days (months) to do their duty of reproduction and to fall...

Arthropods are ancient, beautifully perfect living machines.

Tiz 10 months ago

Wonderful shot and find. I just respect these beetles so much since they live so long under the surface. Great for you that you find them every year and that they seem to be thriving.

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Hódmezővásárhely, Hungary

Spotted on Jun 25, 2018
Submitted on Sep 19, 2020

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