Hercules Beetle

Part of the Life at the Limits exhibition.

Hercules Beetle Dynamic Lead

This beetle, a member of the scarab family, is among the largest insects on Earth. Found in tropical forests in Central and South America, the six-inch (15-centimeter) male uses those impressive structures in head-to-head competitions with rivals. One grasps the other sideways, holds the captive aloft for up to eight seconds, then drives him to the ground.