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The strongest animal on planet earth!

The  strongest animal on planet earth!
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Copyright: Bengt Falke (falke) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-25 6:29
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Points: 14
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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)

Geographic info:
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.

Technical information:
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:

Rhinoceros beetle
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Scarabaeidae
Subfamily: Dynastinae
MacLeay, 1819

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.[1] 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.

The subfamily includes the genera:

* Aegopsis
* Allomyrrhina
* Chalcosoma (Atlas beetle)
* Dynastes (Hercules beetle and Unicorn beetle)
* Eupatorus (Five-horned beetle)
* Golofa
* Golopha
* Heterogomphus
* Homophileurus
* Megacerna
* Megasoma (Elephant beetle)
* Oryctes
* Pachyorictes
* Phileurus (Triceratops beetle)
* Strategus (Ox beetle)
* Trichogomphus
* Xylotrupes (Princess beetle)

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.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-07-25 7:29]

Hi Bengt,
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.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5077 W: 260 N: 15590] (50614)
  • [2007-07-25 7:43]

Hej Bengt,
Fine capture of the male Rhinoceros Beetle: your ID is quite correct!
Good sharpness, POV and composition and fine contrast with the light coloured floor.
TFS ans best wishes, Ivan

Hi Bengt,
Great capture with brillant coloration, sharpness and details. Nice shot. good notes. TFS
well done

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.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2461 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-25 8:40]

Hi Bengt,

Excellent close-up of this strange looking beetle. It really does resemble a rhinoceros! Fantastic details that show up wonderfully against the light background. Interesting notes.


Hi Bengt
lovely details on the beetle, BG not really exciting, maybe you should have taken pictures when it was half dead but placed in a nice habitat ;-)

Dear Bengt,
you don't have to make excuses, you portrayed this incredible beetle allright. I much appreciate the detailed story that goes with it, including technical info. Well done!

I saw this beetle only once in my life in Corsica and agree with you, I was impressed also.
My best regards,

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