Animal of the day – 12/20/2011 – The Hercules Beetle

Hercules Beetle

The animal of the day is the Hercules Beetle. (Did you know: The Hercules beetle is said to be the strongest creature on earth for its size, able to carry 850 times its own body weight. Ok, let think about that and do the math. The average human weighs about, let’s say 150pounds (average of male and female humans).  850 times that is 127,000 pounds. The average 18 wheeler semi truck with cargo weighs about 80,000 pounds. SO! That’s like a human carrying a 18 wheeler…plus a couple elephants.


Hercules beetles use that strength while fighting other males. They pick them up using those crazy horns, and slam them into the ground or wherever they are fighting, frequently breaking the opposing males head in the process.


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