Rhinoceros Beetle by bobfoto

Rhinoceros Beetle

Rhino Beetle like poo. Likes digging in my garden. Likes Hissing when you pick them up. Likes flying into the lights at night.

Larvae can be found here:

http://365project.org/bobfoto/365/2011-03-25

and Ms L. Gautreau photographed one here:

http://365project.org/laceyjogautreau/365/2011-06-27
November 19th, 2011  
How cool is that?!
November 19th, 2011  
Wow this is an awesome shot!
November 19th, 2011  
What is their size? It looks bigger than me!
November 19th, 2011  
@beba8162 - Thanks Roberta :)

@natew214 - Cheers Nathan!

@annamaker - 2 inches long... not huge, but impressive!
November 19th, 2011  
yikes!!!!
November 19th, 2011  
He is just so armourously awesome!
November 19th, 2011  
To each their own...great macro!
November 19th, 2011  
I've never seen one in person....and I think I'd run if I did. Wonderful macro & presentation
November 19th, 2011  
Very cool profile macro, I like the treatment. Xylotrupes ulysses from what I found online, they are strong buggers and those claws really dig in. They can draw blood easily.
November 19th, 2011  
@robv - my book says X. gideon and this is a male (the horns are a giveaway) and they feed and mate in the Delonix regia ( http://365project.org/bobfoto/365/2011-10-26 )
November 19th, 2011  
@sdpace - you don't need to run, just walking away would be fast enough. ;)

@httpgeffed - thanks Colleen.

@aj1268 - they are a cool beetle!

@redwax66 - you should hear them!
November 19th, 2011  
Cool bug. Like his armor.
November 19th, 2011  
@swilde - thanks Sue :)
November 19th, 2011  
http://www.ozanimals.com/Insect/Rhinoceros-Beetle/Xylotrupes/ulysses.html http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/ZO02013
You gotta love taxonomists, the names change but the insects look the same. Seems X. gideon is now split into 5 species. Cheers!
November 19th, 2011  
Looks like something out of Sparticus. Awesome!
November 19th, 2011  
Awesome pic and processing! I haven't seen one of these, except in pics!
November 19th, 2011  
@robv - interesting reading. I just checked with the CSIRO's "what bug is that website" and we could say that this one is X. ulysses subsp. Australicus - I think you summed it up well with "You Gotta Love Taxonomists"!!!
November 19th, 2011  
November 19th, 2011  
fark! that is freaky! wicked shot.
November 19th, 2011  
@dmcrisp - I do believe if you look at some of the Ancient cultures when it came to warfare and "impressing the ladies", then they would often turn to nature for inspiration. It would appear that these Rhino Beetles have developed such interesting "horns" for this purpose. For defence and for sex.

@cjwhite - When they take off at night and fly around, it can be quite daunting!
November 19th, 2011  
@danig - thanks Danielle, they are an impressive wee beastie!
November 19th, 2011  
Wow! Amazing shot!
November 19th, 2011  
@orangecrush - Thanks Jerry!
November 19th, 2011  
Your photos are amazing and are very inspiring... well done
November 19th, 2011  
@frameit - Thanks Tracy, I think I got that Bug for Joe Bourke sorted....
November 19th, 2011  
I so didn't know we had these in Australia! That's a little cool! Not that I'd be willing to touch one for a photo lol.
November 19th, 2011  
@amz87 - their legs are so strong and they can hold on! It does feel funny to pick one up, and the noise they make!!!
November 19th, 2011  
@bobfoto I think I'll leave the bugs to you. Unless it's a ladybug. Those I can touch.
November 19th, 2011  
@amz87 - these are really just a big black hissing ladybug.... really.
November 19th, 2011  
@bobfoto You can still keep it lol. If it's smaller than a fingernail then maybe. But any bigger and I'll just have to say no lol
November 19th, 2011  
terrifying..x
November 19th, 2011  
Woah - scary close-up. What a funky-looking beetle!
November 19th, 2011  
awesome shot.
November 19th, 2011  
what a funky looking guy, I don't remember ever realising that beetles developed from grubs like in the other photo ....
November 19th, 2011  
@bec01 - but they are only little(ish)...

@jannaellen - thanks Janna :)

@voodoochild - Cheers Genevieve!

@lbmcshutter - kinda like Butterflies really!!!
November 19th, 2011  
Very cool. How big are these guys
November 19th, 2011  
@lmasinton - around 2inches in length.
November 19th, 2011  
@bobfoto yes I thought that as I typed my last message, the key difference is butterflies hatch out all pretty and delicate, these guys come out all armoured and tough - ready for battle
November 19th, 2011  
@lbmcshutter - and they all have a job to do...
November 19th, 2011  
cool looking beetle whose name suits him!
thanks for your comments on my photo. I wish it was 26 C!!
what i really want to know......how did you make the little degree symbol? i don't know how and i couldn't find any info on my help screen.
November 19th, 2011  
he sort of reminds me of a lobster. you do some incredible captures. always look forward to see what you will have posted.
November 19th, 2011  
Wonderful close-up and processing.
November 19th, 2011  
@catsmeowb - Might have to cook one up next time eh?

@sangwann - Thank you Dione!
November 19th, 2011  
@paulaag - on a macbook, if you hold down the "option" or alt key, you get some cool symbols around the keyboard like ® and © ™ and º.
November 19th, 2011  
Amazing. Utterly alien. Good cature
November 19th, 2011  
26º.........got it!! thanks Jason:)
November 19th, 2011  
@dfhdez - thanks Dennis, cheers!
November 19th, 2011  
@paulaag - Coolio.
November 19th, 2011  
@paulaag - just found this one... 
November 19th, 2011  
Rrrraaaaarrrrrrrr!!! This is fucking COOL!
November 19th, 2011  
.....so cool! love learning new stuff!
November 19th, 2011  
He likes poo eh?????? Nice!!!!!
November 19th, 2011  
LOOK OUT
THERE'S AN ALIEN COMING TO GET YOU!
November 19th, 2011  
And they're very cool looking on top of everything else you wrote about them. Nice.
November 19th, 2011  
Awesome shot, Jason! Macro or reverse macro here? It's expertly done, whichever!
November 19th, 2011  
very cool
November 19th, 2011  
Wow, scary but I can't take my eyes off it. This is truly awesome Jason :)
November 19th, 2011  
@laceyjogautreau - Awww shucks, thank you Ms Gautreau...

@paulaag - isn't it just, I think this one ‰ looks like a caterpillar.

@nattybabe - This guy maybe not so much, but his missus will roll up a ball of it and lay a few eggs in a tunnel, cork it off with the rolled poo and walk off. When the larvae hatch, they got a ready meal waiting, poo for breakfast!

@gypsylady - and that is definitely what it feels like when they fly around your head at night!

@webfoot - thank you Paul :)

@roobubba - my now standard 365 bug macro set up consists of a 35mm f3.5 macro attached to a 2x converter, no flash this time, just bright sunlight. I propped this guy up on some bark on my outdoor table so I could get below the table and shoot up at him.

@trentgaines - thank you Trent, cheers!

@sharingmylife - thanks Savanna, this guy has a real Darth Vader feel to him!
November 19th, 2011  
Oh wow, now thats one mean dude.. super cool
November 19th, 2011  
one escary looking bug!
November 19th, 2011  
@michelleyoung - while it is prolly not fun for the beetle, I do think it is funny to hold them by their horn! hee hee hee, I'm so bad....

@hillcrest - Thanks Cheryl :)
November 19th, 2011  
For some odd reason, this reminds me of Ridley Scott's "Alien". ...erie...
November 20th, 2011  
@uller - was that HR Giger's creation?
November 20th, 2011  
Wow! What a macro! I like the color tones of this alien (also known as a rhinoceros beetle).
November 20th, 2011  
@daisy - thanks Kathryn :)
November 20th, 2011  
cool.......I thought this was some kind of sculpture until I read your caption/info.......great macro!
November 20th, 2011  
@mjmaven - thanks mjm :)
November 20th, 2011  
@bobfoto Ah yes, I was referring to the actual film, but yes, more specifically, Giger.. to me it looks more like one of smaller critters wandering around in the movie, rather than the full adult(?), entity.
November 20th, 2011  
They are just so bizarre looking, fabulous shot.
November 20th, 2011  
@uller - ahh true, Ridley was the Director of said film. There are certainly some links between the animal world and the movie business and I'm not talking Kung Foo Panda here....
November 20th, 2011  
@veekay - Thanks Vicki K, cheers!
November 20th, 2011  
cool shot ,I love these guys they are so prehistoric looking.
November 20th, 2011  
@steeler - they are cool dudes eh?
November 20th, 2011  
@bobfoto Hahahaha!
November 20th, 2011  
@uller - :)
November 21st, 2011  
I thought it was a piece of metal sculpture at first!! Tough little bugs!
November 23rd, 2011  
@buttercup - my word, they are tough. Strong shells and strong muscles these little guys have!
November 23rd, 2011  
oh wow says we here.... Ithought at first it was an ornament of some kind, then I looked at the bigger pic lol
November 24th, 2011  
@hagscat - they are tricky to get a good shot away, all black on black :)
November 24th, 2011  
He looks like carved obsidian! Amazing! fav for me.
November 26th, 2011  
@espyetta - Wouldn't that make a lovely little carving!!!
November 26th, 2011  
This guy is beyond cool.
November 26th, 2011  
@kimmistephens - Why thank you Kimmi. :)
November 26th, 2011  
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