Hercules Beetle

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Hercules Beetle

Dynastes hercules
This massive and powerful insect is appropriately named after the mythical hero, Hercules. Only the male has horns that are used in territorial disputes with other males over females and to determine who is going to be ‘king of the fruit pile.’ It is a good burrower, climber and strong flyer.
Fact file:

Ecological Role: Decomposer

Lifespan: 1 yr

Habitat: Tropical rainforest

Diet: Rotting fruit

Current Range: Central and southern South America