Kingdom : Animalia
                          Class : Insecta
                       Family : Scarabaeidae
        Scientific Name : Dynastes Hercules

                      Size(L) : 4cm - 17cm 
                                      (1.5in - 6.7in)
   Average Life Span : 3 - 5 months
                      Colour : Black, Brown, Green, 
                                     Blue, White, Yellow
                 Skin Type : Shell
Distinctive Features : Hard, armoured shell 
                                     and horn-like pincers
  1. Hercules Beetles are large beetles found in the South American Jungles.
  2. They belong to a group of large beetles called the rhinoceros beetles.
  3. They are one of the largest and most well-known species of beetles in the world.
  4. They may grow to be around 4cm-17cm in length, depending on the species.
  5. There are around 13 species of Hercules beetle found on earth.
  6. They get their name from their enormous size and their incredible strength.
  7. They are the strongest animals of their size capable of lifting 850 times their body weight!
  8. Distinctively, the males have huge horn-like pincers, protruding from their forehead.
  9. The pincers are usually as long as their body and are used to settle disputes between the males.
  10. The female Hercules beetles are shorter and larger than the males and do not have pincers.
  11. They inhabit the tropical jungles and rainforests of Central and South America.
  12. They are omnivores, feeding majorly on rotting wood and decaying plant matter and occasionally on small insects.
  13. Their natural predators are bats, rats, birds, reptiles and some mammals.
  14. The Hercules Beetles’ larvae grow to be around 4.5 inches and stay in that stage for 1-2 years.
  15. They then transform into pupa, when the molting occurs, and the adult Hercules beetles emerge.
  16. Due to habitat loss through deforestation and pollution, the Hercules Beetle is a threatened species today.

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