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R is for Rhinoceros Beetle

Rhinoceros Beetle

Marty’s photo of the day #1472: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in June, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order.

R is for Rhinoceros Beetle. At only three inches long, the rhinoceros beetle is considered by some to be the world’s strongest animal. Tests have shown it can carry an enormous load in proportion to its weight. How much the beetle can actually carry is subject to debate. Although the prevailing opinion is 850 times its weight, a study published in Discover Magazine (April 1996) contends that 100 times its weight is a more realistic figure. Either way, we should all be thankful the beetles don’t grow to the size of elephants. Imagine the damage they’d do. (Photographed in Borneo)

 

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