Subfamily: Dynastinae (rhinoceros beetles)

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Rhinoceros beetles are so named because the males of many species have large horns on the head and prothorax, used in fighting.

Cyphonistes vallatus

Oryctes boas

Cyphonistes vallatus, Fork-horned Rhino Beetle, 29mm. [image by M. Picker & C. Griffiths ©, from Field Guide to Insects of South Africa, used with permission].

Oryctes boas, Rhioceros Beetle, 44mm. [image by M. Picker & C. Griffiths ©, from Field Guide to Insects of South Africa, used with permission].

Heteronychus arator

 

Heteronychus arator, Black Maize beetle, 12-15mm. [image by M. Picker & C. Griffiths ©, from Field Guide to Insects of South Africa, used with permission].

 

Publications

  • Endrödi, S. 1976. Monographie der Dynastinae (Coleoptera, Melolonthidae) 4. Tribus Pentodontini der äthiopischen Region 3. Entomologische Arbeiten aus dem Museum Georg Frey 27: 118-282. 

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