Subject: Beetle in Nicaragua
Location: La Boquita, Nicaragua
October 15, 2015 12:07 pm
This beetle was seen on our deck in La Boquita, Nicaragua on October 8, 2015. It kept getting stuck on its back. The landscaper, a local, said it is seasonal, only comes out after a rain, and its horns are used to make jewelry. It was about 3 inches long.
Based on this image posted to PBase, this is a Rhinoceros Beetle, but no scientific name is provided. It is identified as Megasoma elephas on ColeoColl. According to ARKive: “One of the giants of the insect world, the elephant beetle (Megasoma elephas) is a large and distinctive tropical beetle with a long, rhinoceros-like horn on its head. ” We have other examples of Elephant Beetles in our archive.