Fist-sized Hercules Beetle pupa


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/04/29/fist-sized-hercules-beetle-pup.html


#2

Horror bugs from planet nightmare!


#3

Nope.

Because a post requires 9 characters:

Nope, nope.


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#6

This is a pupa… which means it gets bigger?


#7

Please tell me this person has itty bitty Trumpian hands.


#8

After all this talk about eating insects, now we can have steaks or fillets?


#9

Awww! Can we keep 'em?


#10

Forest Crayfish?


#11

Shellfish and mollusks are the kinda of food that aliens always seem to feed visiting humans in sci-fi.


#12

Now that’s a pupa to write home about.


#13

Huge bugs rock!!!

(As does my obvious erudition.)


#14

I thought pupae (?) were supposed to be immobile, and that I’d gotten it confused with the larval stage when I first saw this. I guess not.


#15

Beetle pupae can usually do that little butt wiggle. (unlike a chrysalis) The moth pupae I’ve seen all seem to be able to do it as well.

Also, these things are SO COOL! (I want!)


#16

It’s fist-sized herculus beetles all the way down, so I wouldn’t exactly call it a menagerie (I had such high hopes!). Wonderful creatures though!


#17

Please don’t kill. Feel free to leave the house screaming.

When I was about eight, I saw a huge stag beetle, beaten to death by an ignorant grandmother with her shoe, cheered on by a bunch of children. Some of my respect for humanity got lost that day.


#18
  1. A chrysalis can, too, wiggle. For a large part of its existence, anyway.
  2. I think “wanting” brought a lot of “exotic” wildlife to the brink of extinction, so I don’t, personally. But I’m happy to be able to admire those species which still are allowed to share this planet with us. Glorious.

#19

Excuse me. I need to go wash my hands now. A lot. I may be gone the rest of the day.


#20

So, um, how many worms do these emit when baptized?

That mantis had to be at least 108% hideous writhing by volume; and these things have a lot more volume involved.