Rainforest Friday: the Rhinoceros Beetle in Costa Rica
Some of my readers may be curious about how I spend my weekends here in the Costa Rican rainforest.
Well, said readers, today is your lucky day. I’m here to let you in on a steamy secret – my Friday nights sometimes involve beetles.
I should add that this secret is only steamy because it occurs in the jungle which is quite humid. And by beetles I don’t mean Paul, John, George, Ringo or anyone else associated with The Beatles.
I mean the insects that have six legs and crawl on the ground – the kind of beetles that make a former city slicker like me wonder why I thought it was such a good idea to move to the Costa Rican rainforest in the first place.
Let me introduce you to my date last Friday evening – Mr. Rhinoceros Beetle.
The Rhinoceros Beetle in Costa Rica
My date was quite fabulous. I was sitting in one of my favorite places in Costa Rica – the bar at Doce Lunas hotel in Playa Jacó – when one of my friends walked up with this beetle on his incredibly large shoe.
Don’t we make a cute couple? I wish I was joking. But this is the reality of my life here in Costa Rica. I sometimes spend Friday evenings with insects.
Have I sold you on this destination for your next holiday yet? Here, let me at least share a picture of alcohol so you will be more intrigued.
Well actually, beetles such as the rhinoceros beetle pictured with yours truly are quite interesting.
Did you know that the female rhinoceros beetle has no horns?
Or how about that rhinoceros beetles use their horns for fighting other males or for burying themselves?
I bet you really didn’t know that the rhinoceros beetle is the strongest beetle on the planet and can lift 850 times their body weight.
This is the largest beetle in Costa Rica. It is found in the rainforests and especially in Palo Verde National Park, Corcovado National Park, Tortuguero National Park, and Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge.
Wow. Look at that. Now you will have so many fun facts about rhinoceros beetles to share with whoever you are spending this Friday evening with. You’re welcome.
And don’t worry. Despite their looks, the rhinoceros beetle is actually completely harmless. Unless of course I decide to send one in the mail to you. Then I would lose a reader and it would hurt me. Truly.
Thanks for sharing such lovely details about these wonderful beetles. We see them very frequently here in Cahuita too. My children love their soft shells–just like velvet.
Keep the great Costa Rica stories coming,
Wow I bet you see all kinds of interesting creatures in Cahuita. These beetles are actually very fascinating (And scare me way less than some of the spiders here!).
Thanks for reading and pura vida!
Hey there, I have never seen a rhinoceros beetle the size of the one you are holding in the photo. As much as I love insects, one that size would scare the living crap out of me..lol.. please continue to post your adventures in Costa Rica
Thanks Scott! It was epic in size
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