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Japanese Rhinoceros Beetle

Allomyrina dichotoma

Description:

As a species, adults vary from 35-70mm, over 2". There are two horns, a short one emerging from the forehead and a longer one below. They feed mainly on rotting wood but enjoy sugary fruits, also.

Habitat:

They spend most of their life underground. They only emerge for a few months in late spring, then die in the Fall.

Notes:

This is a popular commerical insect. In Japan, battles are staged between adults for gambling purposes. They are, however, pests to farmers. I saw this one during a stay at Korea's first Buddhist temple, Torisa (도리사).

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3 Comments

RobThacker
RobThacker 6 years ago

just great

AudieWilkins
AudieWilkins 7 years ago

Thanks! I wish I'd taken more than one photo of it.

beaker98
beaker98 7 years ago

What an amazing beetle! Great capture!

AudieWilkins
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충청북도 (Chungcheongbuk-do), Republic of Korea

Spotted on Jul 24, 2013
Submitted on Jul 24, 2013

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