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The Terrifying Metamorphosis of a Hercules Rhinoceros Beetle

Terrifying or terrific? For the fans of Alien movies I guess it’s both (scroll down for video).

Created by scientist Hirofumi Kawano, this incredible timelapse shows the amazing metamorphosis of a Hercules Rhinoceros beetle. These giant insects are native to the rainforests of Central and South America, the Lesser Antilles, and the Andes. Some males can reach 17.5 cm in length.

The larval stage of the Hercules beetle will last one to two years, with the larva growing up to 4.5 inches (11 cm) in length and weighing more than 100 grams. Much of the life of the larva is spent tunneling through rotting wood. After the larval period, transformation and moulting, the beetle emerges as an adult.

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