Crazy critter a rhino beetle


There is some debate over this one.

A few suggested it was a dung beetle, but the majority of people who wrote in believed it to be a rhinoceros beetle.

A Google search does show a similarity between the picture Justin Lemieux sent in to a rhino beetle.

One reader believes it to be a stag beetle.

If it is a rhino beetle, it's going to get a lot larger.

According to Wikipedia, a rhinoceros beetle is among the largest of beetles, reaching more than 150 mm (six inches) in length, but are completely harmless to humans because they cannot bite or sting.

Some species have been anecdotally claimed to lift up to 850 times their own weight.

Their common names refer to the characteristic horns borne only by the males of most species in the group. Each has a horn on the head and another horn pointing forward from the centre of the thorax. The horns are used in fighting other males during mating season, and for digging.

Rhinoceros beetles live on every continent except Antarctica. 


The parade of crazy critters continues.

This time it is a rather odd looking beetle with what looks like a large hooked 'nose.'

Justin Lemieux sent Castanet a picture of the black beetle found right here in the Okanagan.

“Here's one my boy Liam found in the backyard last week. I think it may be a dung beetle,” Lemieux told Castanet.

What do you think?

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