Saturday, May 01, 2010

Photo Hunt :: Black

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This is a black rhinoceros beetle. It's called rhino beetle for short.  Males usually have large horns which they use to fight other males during mating battles.  Rhino beetles have amazing strength. They have the ability to lift up to 850 times their own body weight. Just imagine that! In some Asian countries, rhino beetles are used for gambling. Beetles are placed on a log and the first one to knock its opponent off is the winner.

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23 comments:

Kayni said...

one time, that kind of beetle landed on my left eye during a concert. i swear i couldn't get myself to touch it, so my mom had to pull it out while i stood crying. we didn't finish the concert...lol.

Lisa said...

Nice picture. I think they make quite some noise too?? I must start looking for my black photo now. Enjoy your weekend.

julie said...

Nice entry Rachel, that one looks scary! :D

kay said...

I have a very different take on the theme LOL ... I love your entry though its a bit disgusting hehe ... I hate insects ...

CRIZ LAI said...

I have not seen any of this wonderful insect for ages. Nice sharing there Rachel. :)

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Jama said...

My son used to have several rhino beetle he kept at home- males and females.Too bad they died eventually, as they have very short life span.

Becky said...

It almost looks plastic.

Here's my take on black.

Sidney said...

Good it is only small... imagine for a moment it was as big as a car ! :-0

jams o donnell said...

Wow what an amazing insect.Great take on the theme

Greyscale Territory said...

Quite a chunky little critter! I have never seen one! But definitely black!

Annie said...

That is SUCH a good bug! Glad you're back photohunting. Have a nice weekend.

Marta said...

I love these beetles. They are pretty big and hard also.

healingmagichands said...

I love bugs, and this one is a very handsome beetle indeed. I like the little bit of biology that went along with this photo, too.

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Kia said...

Hi Rach! A very beautiful photo! I like insect ONLY in a picture, LOL! ;) Have a happy day!

Rach said...

I think you're very brave getting so close to a bug!

Kim said...

My son has one of these...but it's a plastic toy. :)

I'm up to! Would love to have you come on over for a visit. Oh...I have a couple of giveaways going on now too.

Kim
The Misplaced Midwesterner

Gattina said...

Yikes, what an ugly beast ! I would run away as fast as I could if I would meet such a thing !

Alice Teh said...

That's one scary looking beetle...

Carver said...

That's a great shot of the beetle and perfect for the theme.

ipanema said...

great shot! thanks for the visit. :)

Melli said...

EWWWWWWWW! I found one of those on my front porch one day and I was like WHAT PLANET did YOU come from??? EW! YUK! They are soooooo ugly! It's a great picture though!

Thanks sO much for stopping by this weekend! It was a treat to see you in my comments!

luna miranda said...

my brothers used to capture this beetle when we were kids. creepy.:p

Jaana said...

I can see why they are called rhino. :) I remember when I was a kid and on a holiday in Bulgaria with my family, a beetle similar to these bit my dad's legs.

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