Here in PNG we don’t have a lot of creepy crawlies, but what we do have is BIG!! This rhinoceros beetle was downstairs yesterday, so I thought I’d take its portrait!! It is attached itself to my thong when I tried to turn it over. We often only see them around the place when they are on their last legs - this one was on its back and not well!!!
The rhinoceros beetle is the strongest creature on the planet – proportionate to its size. It can carry 850 times its own weight which is amazing. I couldn’t work out why a rhinoceros beetle would need to be so strong – it’s not like it is a removalist…….or is it? This is an interesting link that answers the question.
They are quite harmless and apart from their ferocious appearance don’t bite or even charge, but make quite a loud hissing noise when you touch them. Kids in