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RHINO BEETLE CAM features 24-7 access to a rhinoceros beetle at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in New Orleans, LA.

Rhinoceros beetles are a sub-family of scarab beetles that are named for the impressive horns on the head and thorax of the males. These horns are used for male-male combat — fights take place to win territory where there is a good source of food and potential mating site. Rhinoceros beetles include the heaviest beetles on the planet. In spite of their often enormous size, these insects have weak mouthparts are can only eat liquids or mushy foods (sap and rotten fruit are favorites). Development of the larvae can take 3 to 4 years in some species.

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