Rhinoceros Beetle

rhinocerous beetle

Rhinocerous beetles (Family Scarabaeidae) are among the largest insects on earth, both as adults and larvae. Adults measure between 5-7cm in length and larvae generally grow to be 6cm in length and 2cm in diameter.

Female dung beetles typically lay their eggs in rotting wood and organic matter. Following hatching, the larvae feed on the organic matter that surrounds them. Adult rhinoceros beetles tend to have a more varied diet including rotting fruits, bark, sap and vegetable matter.

Photo courtesy of Keith Power, Toowoomba, Qld.