Thursday, June 30, 2011

Rhinocerus beetle

We found this newly emerged specimen of a Rhinocerus beetle Sinodendron cylindricum on an old beech log in Allen Banks. Unfortunately the rotten wood fragments clinging to its head, where it forced its way out of the wood that it has fed on as a grub, partially concealed the 'horn' in the centre of its head and it scuttled away before I could brush them off for a better photo.

It has spikes protruding from either side of its thorax, in addition to the horn on its head.


  1. Wonderful.............I have never found one. You must have either very short legs or excellent sight. I tend to dream away on walks.

  2. I tend to sit down a lot Adrian, and wait for something interesting to walk by...