Rhinoceros Beetle Facts
- Common Name: Rinoceros Beetle or Rhino Beetle
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Arthropoda
- Class: Insecta
- Order: Coleoptera
- Family: Scarabaeidae
- Subfamily: Dynastinae
14 Rhinoceros Beetle Facts for Kids
- Rhinoceros beetles are scarab beetles that are members of the Dynastinae subfamily.
- Rhinoceros beetles are also called Hercules beetles, horn beetles, rhino beetles and unicorn beetles.
- Entomologists estimate there are over 300 species of beetles worldwide that are considered rhinoceros beetles.
- Rhinoceros beetles are famous for the large size and often unique body shapes.
- While all species of rhinoceros beetles look intimidating, they do not sting or bite humans.
- Male rhinoceros beetles are known for their fierce battles over a potential mate.
- Rhinoceros beetles are herbivores, adults and larva feed on different vegetation, decaying plant matter and nectar.
- Rhinoceros beetles are a popular pet in Asia among children. They are safe to handle, very clean, make little mess and overall very easy to maintain.
- The Atlas beetle (Chalcosoma atlas) is known for its very aggressive larva that will bite if touched.
- The Hercules beetle (Dynastes hercules) has the longest length of any living beetle species.
- The Japanese rhinoceros beetle (Allomyrina dichotoma) is used as sport in Japan. Two of them are placed on the log, and the winner knocks the loser off the log.
- The eastern Hercules beetle (Dynastes tityus) was featured on a United States postal stamp in October 1999.
- Rhinoceros beetle larva has two times more protein than chicken and beef.
- Some rhinoceros beetles can make a loud hissing noise when disturbed. They produce this hissing noise by rubbing their wings covers against their abdomens.
Pictures of Rhinoceros Beetles
A picture of a rhinoceros beetle.
Credit: Rainforest Expeditions / YouTube
A picture of two rhinoceros beetles fighting.
A picture of the coconut rhinoceros beetle.
Credit: LA Times
Additional Resources with Rhinoceros Beetle Facts
- The Rhinoceros Beetle – Find more rhinoceros beetle fun facts on the Wildlife Trusts website.
- Rhinoceros Beetles – Read this excellent article on the National Wildlife Foundation website about rhinoceros beetle.
- Dynastinae – Wikipedia – Learn about the Dynastinae subfamily, which contains the 300+ species of rhinoceros beetles.