aha hell yeah it is ! im fairly certain its the japanese rhinocerous beetle, otherwise known as the insect that heracross was based off of
they start off and in fact live most of their lives underground as this little frog eye lookin pupae for about a year, and then emerge as very formidable looking bugs for four months
in the wild the males use their large horns to fight over territories and access to sugary saps and food supplies - two of them will square off, and the strongest will eventually flip the opponent into the air or onto their back
in fact this behaviour has led to a pretty interesting gambling game in areas of japan, where bets are placed on two beetles that are then pitted against each other. sounds like something id love to see. beetle wrestling, sign me the heck up
in japanese their names are kabutomushi, or helmet bug, thus named because their horns resemble little samurai helmets, and they can get up to two inches in length, not including their battle spike
although they look big, theyre not even close the the largest species of rhinocerous beetle, the HERCULES BEETLE, which can get up to SIX inches in length and lives mostly in the rainforests of central and south america
theyre all great and very much real
Oh boy, it’s official. I’m heading out to Tinley Park in October for the NARBC!
A year ago I got to illustrate one of the endings in Ryan North’s brilliant Hamlet choose-your-own-path book To Be or Not To Be. These are all things you may be able to find outside right now (if you can bear to put down this amazing book).
Super cute! I’m nearing the end of the first draft of the sequel, Romeo And/Or Juliet, as we speak.
Painted Rock Lobster
Nothing cuter than watching beardies run.
You are my puffer
My only puffpuff
You make me happy
When I am down
You’ll never know puff
How much I luff you
Smiling feesh you deserve a crown
My three moth children from this year’s flight in order of birth: Cedric, Terry, and Fritz.
I’m definitely raising moths again.
(Please don’t repost these photos.)
I don’t know much about, but I’m really curious about caterpillars, I found this wonderful one, nearby my house, which is close to Curitiba - PR, Brasil.
Is this a phase of a butterfly or moth? does anyone recognizes it?
Thank you =)
The adults are quite impressive, as well.
( RE: insectlove )
Depending on how many babies my emperor scorpion has, I may have some to give away to people on here.
Note: Please be experienced in taking care of scorpions/arachnids in general; at the very least, please read up and understand the kind of maintenance they require. You can’t…
I had to make this post to go along with this video, because really, Crested pigeons (Ocyphaps lophotes, top three photos) are freaking pretty. I’ve also included another Australian Columbid that I’m jealous of, the Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera, bottom three photos).
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I HAVE THESE DORKS RIGHT ON MY STREET!
Well, the crested ones anyway - the Bronzewings I’ve seen in a local nature reserve. Most people focus on the weird marsupials or deadly things in Australia but we actually have a lot of terrific birds.
Most springtails are only a few millimetres long, but this one is more than 1 cm.
It’s like a big, cuddly bear! With spikes and bristles.
…Images: Andy Murray