Our children found this beautiful beetle almost dead in the small town Sali on the island Dugi Otuk. It was totally dried out and was laying totally still on one of the street in very hot sunshine. We took it to our house and put it in the grass under a shade with leafs with water on nearby. We also sprayed cool water on it.
A few hours later it was fit for fight again, like nothing had happened and we found it strolling on the pavement like this.... on it's way to a new and better life.
I am not sure about the identification of this beetle and hope someone (Ivan?) will correct me if I am wrong, but I think this might be the Unicorn beetle (Oryctes nasicornis / Noshornsbagge). It is said to be the strongest animal on planet earth and able to lift up to 850 times their own weight.... Hmmm I'm having problems with my own weight climbing hills and so on..... ;o)
This photo is from the small village Sali on the island Dugi Otuk. This island in the Croatian archipelago to the west of the town Zadar on the main land.
As you can see the shutter speed is only 1/160 so it is not absolutely in focus, but I thank the image stabilisation in the lens that this was possible at all.
As always, Canon 300/f4 lens on a Canon 400D body, in rawformat and used Adobe Lightroom for some adjustments before the edit in Photoshop CS3.
Just crop, white balance and a bit hue
Noise reduction with Noiseware professional
Sharpening with Photokit capture sharpener
About the specie:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
The rhinoceros beetles (or Rhino beetle) are a subfamily (Dynastinae) of beetles in the family of scarab beetles (Scarabaeidae).
They are among the largest of beetles, so named because of the characteristic horns borne by the males of most species in the group. The male beetles use their horns in mating battles against other males.
Their larval stage is long, several years in some species. The larvae feed on rotten wood while the adults feed on nectar, plant sap and fruit.
Rhinoceros beetles are also the strongest animals on the planet, proportionally. They can lift up to 850 times their own weight. To put this into perspective, if a human of average height and weight had the strength of the rhinoceros beetle, it would be able to lift a 65 ton object.
The rhinoceros beetles were formerly classified in the family Dynastidae, but are now considered a subgroup of the scarab beetles.
Rhinoceros beetles are popular children's pets in Asia. They are clean, easy to maintain, and safe to handle. In Asian countries, male beetles are also used for gambling fights since they naturally compete for female beetles with the winner knocking the other off a log.
i'm not too sure what the ID is, but this is a great shot, nice and sharp with great dark almost mahogany colour. You got some nice detail here. Glad to hear you helped this amazing creature back to health too.
First I should thank you and your children to give a new life to this Rhiniceros beetles.In India specially in costal area these beetles are found in large numbers. Coconut farmers are scared of these because the insect spoiled the trees. A nice shot with a good note.