Rhinoceros Beetle

Strategus aloeus

a rhinoceros beetle, Strategus aloeus, photo © by Mike Plagens

Observed in Madera Canyon, Sta. Rita Mountains, Arizona, USA. 27 July 2013.

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Bulldozer, helicopter and fighting machine wrapped into one insect. The huge larvae, grubs, develop within a dead, rotting tree base under ground. Access to females at prime breeding sites can be heavily contested. Males such as this one will defend the best spots from all comers. The females have no horns and some males have small, reduce horns.

Scarabaeidae -- Scarab Beetle Family

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