A trio of pointed tips on the head liken this hefty beetle to the popular dinosaur.
The Triceratops Beetle is a type of Rhinoceros Beetle. The large, black body has short orange-brown hairs that peek out from under the sides and head. Two long black horns extend from the front of the large eyes. The front of the jaw curls upward to a point, like tapered duck bill. These three projections, on a smaller scale, are similar to those seen on a triceratops fossil. The front legs are wide and flat with finger-like growths near the 'knee' joint. The pronotum is rounded, but has a slight depression down the middle and a small bump sits at the top of this cleavage. The whole beetle is glossy with small dimples or depressions all over it.
This is a woodland beetle. Its larvae live inside rotting wood. Adults and larvae feed on other insects, especially grubs from other types of beetles. Adults are able to make faint sounds by rubbing legs together, and they are attracted to lights. Look for Triceratops Beetles from late spring to early autumn around areas of decaying wood.
Scientific Name: Phileurus truncatus
Other Name(s): Loving Scarab Beetle; Double-horned Rhino Beetle
Size (Adult; Length): 32mm to 38mm (1.25in to 1.48in)
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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.