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The hefty Ox Beetle makes a grand first impression .
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An Ox Beetle losing its balance
Ox Beetles are stout beetles that are quite hairy on their ventral side (belly). They are nocturnal, and therefore usually seen at night. They are dark brown all over. The male Ox beetle has horns growing off of the pronotum (shoulder plate). In young males, they are more like bumps. Females do not have either. Males use these horns to fight over females.
Habitat for this species of beetle is typically pine forests, and they can be found in most of the gulf and Atlantic coastal states. Adults eat decaying tree roots. Nocturnal larvae are C-shaped grubs that hatch from a burrow in the ground. Females lay eggs there and bring leaf litter into the burrow so the newly hatched larvae have a food supply. As they mature, they begin to eat decaying tree roots, just like the grown ups.
Scientific Name: Strategus anteus
Size (Adult; Length): 31mm to 60mm (1.21in to 2.34in)
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Antennae: Beetles have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and mandibles (jaws).
Thorax: Holds the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Elytron: One of two wing cases on a Beetle that protects its wings (plural: elytra).
Wings: Appendages used for flying and kept under the elytra until needed.
Abdomen: Houses organs related to circulation, reproduction, and excretion.
Legs: Beetles have three pairs of legs located at the thorax, numbering six legs in all.