Mating Hercules beetles

Mating Hercules beetles

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Caption: Mating beetles. Macrophotograph of mating eastern Hercules (or rhinoceros) beetles (Dynastes tityus). During mating, the couple roll dung into a ball, which the female then forms it into a cone into which the egg will be laid. After hatching, the larva eats the dung. The male (on top) has large horns used in fights with other males. The eastern Hercules beetle is found in and around the south-eastern USA. Adults feed mainly on decaying vegetation. Magnification unknown.

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