Are you seeing this? I mean, c'mon. Hubba hubba, mama in trubba.
I could go on.
This beetle is just so good. What we have here is a male Rhinoceros Beetle - Xyloryctes jamaicensis. Rhinoceros beetles fall under the familial umbrella of Scarab beetles. Scarab beetles make me think of that scene in the mummy where homeboy is attacked by a giant Scarab beetle because he is evil, and it crawls under his flesh and into his brain and he dies. Something like that. That movie came out in 1999, wow. #themummy #brendanfraser
Also members of the Scarab crew are Hercules beetles (named after the demi-God), Dung beetles, and June bugs. These insects are considered some the strongest animals on earth. Different species of the Scarabaeidae family can lift a hundred times their body weight. The horned dung beetle can move over a thousand times it's own weight. #sunsoutgunsout #liftingislife
Although rhino beetles are not keen to fly, they can. With their thin wings (alae) hiding under their grooved elytra, or forewings, they can cruise through the air when need be. I once saw on a kids bug show that these large beetles are warm to the touch after working hard and flying. Like an engine. Vroom vroom, my friends. I hope this summer has you curious about all the weird stuff outside.
Info: BBC Earth - “The world's strongest animals can lift staggering weights”
and Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of N. America by Arthur V. Evans