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Dynastes hercules

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  • Naturalized collection
Photo: Insectarium de Montréal, René Limoges

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Description

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The Hercules beetle is one of the largest beetles on the planet and can reach16 cm in length. The male has two horns on its head that form a claw shape. This insect feeds on decomposing plants and tropical fruits. Despite its large size, it is the prey of monkeys and small rodents.

Country of origin

Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
Scientific name
Dynastes hercules
Class
Insecta
Order
Coleoptera
Family
Scarabaeidae

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