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Xylotrupes australicus (Rhinoceros Beetle) Male

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This listing is for 1 x Male Xylotrupes australicus (Rhinoceros Beetle)

Family: Scarabaeidae

Species: Xylotrupes australicus

Common name: Rhinoceros Beetle

Size: 3.5-7 cm long

Life Span: : 12 - 18 months total, (adult beetle lives for around 4-6 months) 

Xylotrupes ulysses australicus can reach a length of 3.5–7 centimetres (1.4–2.8 in). As usual with rhinoceros beetles there is a great difference between the genders. Males are larger than females. They have two chitinous bifurcated horns, a thick thoracic horn and a smaller cephalic horn, which they use to eliminate their rivals during the mating period.  These beetles are shiny dark red, dark brown, or black in coloration. The eyes are located on each side of the head. When disturbed these beetles make a hissing noise, produced by rubbing the tip of the abdomen against the edge the elytra.


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