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an upside down European rhinoceros beetle / neushoornkever / Nashornkäfer / Oryctes nasicornis | by e³°°°
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an upside down European rhinoceros beetle / neushoornkever / Nashornkäfer / Oryctes nasicornis

Spectacular and beautiful European rhinoceros beetle, not very common in Belgium, but I discovered them a few times in compost material. I found this male specimen yesterday evening, after a reception in the town hall of my town. The rhinoceros beetles are among the largest of beetles, and named because of the characteristic horns from the males. The male beetles use their horns in mating battles against other males.

 

Their larval stage is long, several years in some species. The larvae feed on rotten wood.

 

Rhinoceros beetles are also very strong : they can lift up to 850 times their own weight.

  

Op de achtergrond : de panlatten van het nieuwe dak dat men op dit moment op ons huis aan het leggen is. Ik hou het balkje in de linkerhand terwijl ik de camera bedien met de rechter.

www.geocities.com/thuisindenatuur/Neushoornkever.html?200810 (in Dutch)

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Taken on May 10, 2008