Raising Rhinoceros Beetles

In Japan, Rhinoceros Beetles are a very common pet for little boys.  Last summer, a friend gave Ethan a pair of adult rhinoceros beetles as a birthday present.  The bugs mated, resulting in around 25 eggs, all of which hatched into grub worms.  Since we didn’t want to take care of 25 rhino beetles, we kept six and gave the rest away. 

A few days ago, our beetles hatched out of their worm-like bodies and turned into their “pupa”  form.  They will stay that way for almost three weeks and then turn into adults.  Fortunately for us, one of our dear bugs decided to undergo this amazing transformation right at the side of its clear plastic tank, so we get a window into the whole process.  It’s pretty amazing!

This is something I never would have been interested in if I didn’t have two bug-loving sons!

Austin and Ethan love checking on their pet rhinoceros beetle to see how he's getting along

Austin and Ethan love checking on their pet rhinoceros beetle to see how he's getting along

Here's a closeup of our little buddy.   Isn't he cute??

Here's a closeup of our little buddy. Isn't he cute??

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