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Rhinoceros Beetle

So, you have come to this website to learn about beetles. Well, we will not be discussing John, Paul, Ringo, or George. We are talking about beetles that cannot carry a tune, but can carry things 850 times their own weight. 

Rhinoceros beetles are the super weightlifting champs of the insect world. Imagine if humans could match the rhino beetle's lifting power. We could carry our cars instead of riding in them. The rhinoceros beetle, a species of scarab beetle, is usually bigger than other types of scarab beetles. It can grow up to seven inches long. However, the typical rhino beetle found in America is usually about an inch long with brown coloration.

The rhino beetle gets its name from the horn on its head, similar to that of a rhinoceros. This horn is used for digging. In some species, the horn


can be longer than the body. Its horn size is proportional to how much nutrition it had when it was a larva. In certain species of rhino beetle horns grow on the side of its head, or even four or five separate horns sprout. Obviously, this small bug cannot use a shovel, so the horn comes in handy. Even though this horn is intimidating to the rhino beetle's predators, the horn cannot hurt humans. The rhino beetle's horn is also used for fighting over territory and mates.

The rhino beetle has wings, cannot fly as easily as other flying insects. The reason for this is the elytra, which is a wing cover. A beetle must pull its wings out from the elytra before flying, delaying flight. Thus, flying is not the best form of defense for any type of beetle. When a beetle decides to fly it usually uses its wings to fly towards light.

Adult rhino beetles eat sap and rotting fruit, especially apples, bananas, and oranges. Its larvae eat decaying wood, compost, and dead leaves. This decomposition is a kind of recycling for the environment.

The female Rhino beetle lays up to 50 eggs which take about three weeks to hatch into larvae. The larvae can take from three to five years to mature. They are curved, whitish, and slow moving. They tend to consume a lot of food, so when they morph into adult rhinoceros beetles, the adults do not need as much food for nutrients. This is the opposite of most adult Americans, including my Uncle Al who always eats seconds and thirds on any special occasion. Be careful when handling larvae because some larvae will bite their predators.

Adult rhinoceros beetles only live about one or two years. Rhino beetles like to eat, crawl around, and party during the night. They are less likely to be seen during the day. Many college students can relate to the rhino beetle's lifestyle. So, if they take over your garden (the rhino beetle, not college students) and you do not get rid of them, the good news is that they (the rhino beetle and, perhaps, the college students) will probably be gone by the next spring. The bad news is that their cousins will probably pay you a visit.


If you see a rhinoceros beetle crawling around your garden, chances are he has already indulged in the leaves of your plants and his larvae may have eaten the roots of your plants. You can take an empty glass jar to gently scoop up the rhinoceros beetle and his family. However, if you have decaying wood in your backyard, you may want to consider leaving the rhinoceros beetles alone because they will help decompose it.

If you decide to pick up a rhino beetle, it may scratch you with its legs. It may also make a squeaking noise, which is called stridulating. This is caused by the elytra rubbing against the abdomen. The rhino beetle has claws on its legs that help it climb or grip things. If you are holding one and it wraps onto your finger, gently tap it on its thorax. If you try to pull it off, it will grip your finger tighter. Think of it like a Chinese finger trap and you will get the hang of it.

If you are interested in obtaining a rhino beetle for a pet you can click here to contact a company that sells them.






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13 Jul 2009, 15:07
The following is from the article! Therefore the question I presented to you!!!!

If you see a rhinoceros beetle crawling around your garden, chances are he has already indulged in the leaves of your plants and his larvae may have eaten the roots of your plants.
21 Jul 2009, 15:25
I have seen three female rhino beetles in the past two nights, here in Cedar Creek, Tx: but no males. Are males less likely to be seen? Or are there less males to an area?
23 Jul 2009, 13:15
If I put rhino beetles in an aquarium with fertilized soil with plant food will it kill the beetles?
24 Jul 2009, 11:32
These beetles are destroying my lawn. How do I get rid of them?
29 Jul 2009, 15:21
How often do adult rhino beetles eat? We saved one the other day at work and now it has become an office pet.
John McMillan
11 Mar 2010, 22:02
How do you get rid of, or control, the Rhinocerus Beetle larvae
12 Sep 2010, 14:07
I have rhino beetles in my pool liner. How do I kill them. They are making large divets along the edge of the liner
Ask the Exterminator
16 Sep 2010, 08:54
Although, not listed on the label, Talstar granules would probably help the problem. You can buy this product by clicking on "Pest Control Products" at the top of the page.
08 Mar 2011, 11:56
were can i buy a rhino beetle in texas ? i really want one !!!
27 Mar 2011, 20:54
how do I get one in SD
scott k
06 May 2011, 23:08
I have one now if you still want a rhino beetle. He/she is free but act fast because im not quite sure how to care for them.
25 Jun 2011, 20:08
I have tons of Rhino Beetles in my yard. I live on 10 acres and we have a riding stables here and I'm sure that the horse manure is what is attracting them. I have not had a problem with them destroying my yard, but I guess that it's because I don't yet have enough of them.
misty murphree
14 Jul 2011, 21:44
i have rhino beetles in my yard and they r killing my yard and trees how do i kill them please help
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15 Jul 2011, 16:14
That question has already been answered in the comments above.
02 Aug 2011, 00:04
That comment up above about how the rhinocerous beetle's "Even though this horn is intimidating to the rhino beetle's predators, the horn cannot hurt humans." I absolutely disagree... I walked out to the front porch yesterday and stepped on something, hurt like HE** thought it was glass or something so I pick up my foot to see what I had stepped on and to my surprise It was moving and wriggling! A Rhino Beetle can hurt humans, and its painful, and it really sucked thank God my son came to my rescue!
29 Sep 2011, 05:03
I have found about 20 or more larvaes in one of my big contain plants. They have eaten the roots of this plant. I have not seen the mother. It is hard to believe that these larvaes take 3 to 5 years to become adult. I just want to rid my garden of these ugly creatures.
Since I do plant swapping a couple times a year, I was able to discover these bad boys.
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30 Sep 2011, 11:49
You can contact your local university entomology department (if they have one) and ask if they are interested in taking the larvae.
04 Dec 2011, 05:09
how to know if the larva is dead
A.ahmed Basheer
14 Apr 2012, 03:57
In the light trap to capture adult beetles what are the contents should be in the bucket beneath the light bulb? This attack is on Date palms where the temperature in desert location like United Arab Emirates,is always very high comparatively during which the attack of Rhinocerous beetles also very high.
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16 Apr 2012, 16:56
A simple trap is one consisting of a piece of holed coconut trunk with a tin can placed right below it leaving no space between them. The whole trap is set at a height of 1.8 m from the ground. No chemical attractant is used in this trap. The decaying trunk serves as the attractant. To control beetle infestation, the density of the traps should be increased at the borders of a known source of infestation. The use of light traps for controlling populations has been found to be ineffective. Beetles do not often enter traps although they are attracted to the light source. However, light traps may be useful for monitoring purposes.

30 Jul 2012, 12:34
Well. I've done some more digging, and it aearpps from gut-content studies () that C. clavipes is indeed a predator.But. It also turns out on close examination of the urogomphi that the beetle I've photographed here isn't C. clavipes at all, but a convergently similar beetle in the tenebrionoid genus Dendroides. Crum. Perhaps I should stick to the Hymenoptera instead of flirting with beetles all the time.
21 Dec 2014, 00:40
how to control these with what chemical, many of our coconut trees are falling prey and we need to eliminate them
21 Dec 2014, 05:18
in the philippines we sell tirador, it works against rhinoceros beetles
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