Wednesday, 2 May 2018

The Hercules Beetle Is a True Hercules

The Hercules beetle (Dynastes hercules). Image courtesy of Furry yui, Public Domain.

Joel Kontinen

Found in South and Central America, the Hercules beetle (Dynastes hercules) is the longest living beetle. Males can grow to 17.5 centimetres (7 inches), including the horn.

Noted for its strength, the Hercules beetle can carry enormous loads. A paper published in 1996 suggested that a much smaller rhinoceros beetle could manage a load that was a hundred times heavier than it, so it is logical to assume that a Hercules can lift and carry an even heavier load.

It can also fly.

Evolutionists believe that beetles are living fossils that have been around for at least “105 million years”.

The great diversity in all kinds of animals including beetles speaks of creation.

Sources: 2017. Hercules Beetle, Dynastes hercules.

Kram, Rodger. 1996. Inexpensive Load Carrying by Rhinoceros Beetles. Journal of Experimental Biology 199, 609–612.