Copyright © 2017 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved. Brown Rhinoceros Beetle (male): this photograph may not be used without permission.

The Brown Rhinoceros Beetle is also called the Fighting Beetle, and Thai Rhinoceros Beetle which is a big time star in Thailand as it is used to fight for money. The male is larger than the female and also armed with two chitinous bifurcated horns, a thick thoracic horn and a smaller cephalic horn, which they used to fight against their rivals during the mating period.

Traditional beetle fights are staged as entertainment in Thailand and it is very popular in the northern region. When I was little, I also saw these beetle fights just for fun and not for serious betting like in Thailand.

Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
September 23, 2017
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