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Hercules Beetle
Dynastes hercules
Male Hercules Beetle.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Insecta
Order Coleoptera
Family Scarabaeidae
Genus Dynastes
Species Dynastes hercules

The Hercules Beetle is a species from the Dynastes genus.


The most prominent feature of a male Hercules Beetle is its large horn-like pincers that protrudes from its forehead, whereas the females don't have any but grow to be larger than the males. Strangely, those pincers can grow larger than its body. They also use these pincers to battle with other males. They are named 'Hercules' because they, supposedly, the strongest creature on earth despite its size, able to carry 850 times its own body weight.


Males are really aggressive toward each other when they are fighting for the attention of females. Their pincers are used in mating rituals. Males fight with each other, using the pincers to pick up and slam the opponent onto the ground. Male with bigger pincers has a better chance to win and to mate with female.


The Hercules Beetle diets on decaying wood, fruit, and leaves.


It can live up to 3-5 months.



  • Size of Hercules beetle depends on the species. Length of Hercules beetle can vary from 1.5 to 6.7 inches. Smaller species live in the Appalachian valleys of Kentucky while larger species live in Honduras.
  • Until recently, Hercules beetles were considered to be the strongest insects on the planet. Latest experiment showed that dung beetle can lift a load that is 1,141 times heavier than its own weight.
  • Color of the Hercules beetle body depends on the species and gender. Females are usually brownish-black, while males have black head and black, brown or green body covered with black spots.