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Siamese Rhinoceros Beetle (pupa)

Xylotrupes gideon philippinensis


The Siamese rhinoceros beetle or fighting beetle, Xylotrupes gideon, is a species of large scarab beetle belonging to the subfamily Dynastinae. It is particularly known for its role in insect fighting in Thailand, but is found across much of Southeast Asia including the Philippines. -


Rural area.


These beetles are used for staging beetle fights, a traditional entertainment popular in the northern region of Thailand. They are captured and trained by their owners to become stronger and more aggressive.

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28 Comments (1–25)

Chamalka Dulmini
Chamalka Dulmini 8 years ago


Arun 8 years ago

Congratulations !!

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 years ago

Fantastic! Congratulations!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 8 years ago

Congrats Leanna! Very unique spotting. Thanks for sharing. :)

Congratulations again Leana! You're on a roll, don't stop!! :)

Thanks everyone for the congratulatory remarks, kind words and faves... What gratifies me the most more than any SOTD is the wonderful Project Noah community! Wonderful people and great friends! Love you all! ♥

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

..sorry - echidna puggle...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Brilliant spotting. Looks a bit like a puggle. Congratulations.

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 8 years ago

Gorgeous spotting but he's not lookin' too hot :p Congrats!

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 8 years ago

Congratulations Leana! Great spot!

Congratulations !

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago


Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Interesting find! Congrats on the SOTD!

ToshimiDowaki 8 years ago

Congratulations Leana!

Hema 8 years ago


staccyh 8 years ago

Congrats on spotting of the day! Very nice find.

KarenL 8 years ago

Congrats Leana, your curious looking Siamese rhinoceros beetle pupa is spotting of the day!

Adults can grow to up to 6 cm long and are used for insect fighting in Thailand.


Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 8 years ago

Nice! Thanks for sharing!

Wow !!! Amazing spotting ! :)

ToshimiDowaki 8 years ago

Great find!

Thank you KarenL! It wriggles when it's touched ;)

KarenL 8 years ago

Awesome pupa Leana!

Thanks Cammie! :)

Cammie C. Jeffries
Cammie C. Jeffries 8 years ago


Thanks Jopy! :)

Nueva Ecija, Philippines

Spotted on Sep 11, 2013
Submitted on Sep 11, 2013


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