As we near the end of our amazing #NatureDoodlewash hike we’ve come across this mighty Rhinoceros Beetle. Why so mighty? Well, this little guy can lift 850 times his own weight which would be the human equivalent of lifting around a 65 ton object. This amazing ability makes this guy one of the strongest animals on the planet! Though many are more what you’d imagine when it comes to beetle sizes, some can reach 6 inches (15.24cm) in length making them among the biggest, baddest beetles around.

When you come across one, you might hear hissing sounds, which makes them seem even more terrifying. They aren’t actually cussing you out, but instead rubbing their abdomen and wing covers together. The message is the same, though, and can be translated as “stay away from me you tall jerk!” Despite their heroic strength, it’s based on their body size which is still quite small so you’re in no real danger of them carrying you off into parts unknown. If you’ve been reading about these weird creatures here before you can already guess that the strange appendage in the front is used for mating. Wait, not the actual mating act itself, but as a weapon for males to drive other males away and get the girl.

This has been a fun hike this month! Thrilled to see all of your amazing doodlewashes and nature has never disappointed in the interesting things she has to offer. Tomorrow is the last day of our hike before heading into World Watercolor Month in July! (well if you’re in Australia and other awesome places then July starts tomorrow!) I hope all of you reading will be participating in the month by simply tagging all your watercolors in July with #WorldWatercolorMonth wherever you post them! I’m excited to see what everyone does and thrilled that so many of you have joined the World Watercolor Month Facebook Group and/or are accepting the full 31 day challenge! Let’s paint the world with watercolor in July!

Thanks for joining me throughout the month of June on a virtual nature hike and showing everyone what you love most in nature with a watercolor sketch or painting by tagging your images #NatureDoodlewash so we can all enjoy it with you! I’ll create a featured artist gallery of our global hike at the end of the month! 

World Watercolor Month is coming in July! Click here to learn more!

About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Ultramarine Blue, Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Sienna, Azo Orange, Pyrrol Red, Gamboge and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.

Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

44 replies on “The Mighty Rhino Beetle

  1. I don’t know where you go hiking, Charlie, but you’re certainly running into a fair few of these beetle chaps on your way – each one more outlandish than the last! Lovely pattern to this guy’s shell, expertly executed as always. I think he’s quite impressive, and the hissing thing sounds perfectly scary! Marvellous!

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    1. Oh absolutely!! I’m going to make that super clear, but was just focusing on filling the Facebook group. I’ve learned I can only do one message at a time for people to listen. hehe… just post anywhere with #WorldWatercolorMonth everywhere and every time you post a watercolor!


      1. That’s cool. I’ll have to take a look at the prompts…although I seem to be a bit overwhelmed by all the suggestions floating around these days…I hope to do some watercolor and collage combos. Stay tuned!


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