Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Kabutomushi カブトムシ

I thought that I was done with the insects for awhile, however the Japanese do love them and what can I say, I caught the bug (sorry). I was out for my nightly run and I nearly trampled this fellow, I did not expect to actually see one outside of a pet store. I finished my run and he was still around so I grabbed my camera and went back to the park for his close-up. Rypoxylus dichotomus, the Japanese rhinoceros beetle, are among the largest of beetles and the male beetles (like this one) use their horns in mating battles against other males. "Mushi" is Japanese for bug, and "Kabuto" is Japanese for helmet. So, literally this is a helmet-bug.

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