Learn about the Hercules beetle in this short video


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/02/06/learn-about-the-hercules-beetl.html


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FUN FACT: Variants have been known to grow to over 100 feet in height and battle Ultraman.


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@frauenfelder

You forgot the video link!


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I admire your attention to this detail.


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I love articles like this, but I call BS on the 850 times it’s body weight thing. A little googling shows that a typical male Hercules beetle weighs 85 to 100 grams. 850 times that is 159 to 187 pounds. Come on.

There’s this:

which led me to this:

(look for the PDF link).

Plus, ~160 pounds?


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Have Eastern Hercules Beetles come around the yard, along with Giant Stag Beetles, and these buggers are absolutely mesmerizing in the wild. “What did you do this weekend?”“Oh, spent about 3 hours watching a giant bug crawl on my wood pile”.


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A little googling suggests the estimate is off by roughly an order of magnitude.

http://eol.org/pages/1026724/overview


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Nothing about the softness in its eyes, iron in its thighs, virtue in its heart, and fire in every fart? Too short a video.


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