Friday, August 21

Steampunk Sculpture : Rhinoceros Beetle

Steampunk Rhinoceros Beetle

I Made it from Tinned copper wire that i twist , bend and coil mostly by hand and pliers . I also use some silver tone clock parts in the front and the back of the beetle's body . I plan to make a wide variety of these bugs .

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The rhinoceros beetles or rhino beetle are a subfamily (Dynastinae) of beetles in the family of scarab beetles (Scarabaeidae). They are among the largest of beetles, and their common name refers to the characteristic horns borne by the males of most species in the group. The male beetles use their horns in mating battles against other males.

Their larval stage is long, several years in some species. The larvae feed on rotten wood while the adults feed on nectar, plant sap and fruit. Rhinoceros beetle larvae are sometimes fried and eaten as a bush delicacy. However, their greatest economic importance is as pests: Oryctes rhinoceros especially can de-foliate and sometimes kill coconut and oil palms in the SE Asian and Pacific regions. Biological controls heve been developed, based on entomopathogen viruses and the fungus Metarhizium majus.

Rhinoceros beetles are popular pets in Asia. They are clean, easy to maintain, and safe to handle. In Asian countries, male beetles are also used for gambling fights since they naturally compete for female beetles with the winner knocking the other off a log. Rhinoceros beetles are also the strongest animals on the planet in relation to their own size. They can lift up to 850 times their own weight. Well-known species of rhino beetles include the Atlas Beetle (Chalcosoma atlas), Elephant Beetle (Megasoma elephas), European Rhinoceros Beetle (Oryctes nasicornis), Japanese rhinoceros beetle (Trypoxylus dichotomus), Hercules Beetle (Dynastes hercules), Ox Beetle (Strategus aloeus), the Unicorn Beetle (Dynastes tityus) and the Common Rhinoceros Beetle (Xylotrupes ulysses)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhinoceros_beetle

13 comments:

Dashery Jewelry said...

That's so cool!

kandi-o designs said...

Very Matrix! awesome

Kraye said...

Wow, you are very skillful. Hoping to see more of these soon :D

Papermoonies said...

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Loving your world over here.
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Diana Troldahl said...

I love it!
I always thought rhino beetles looked designed rather than grown.

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Julia Finucane said...

This is so cool.

KreatedByKelly said...

Bugs really gross me out, but your bugs are AWESOME!!!!

Campbell Jane said...

Love the bug!!!

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zizzybob said...

So who won the ring? she said jumping up and down hopeing it was her but probably not.

Dorothy said...

That is so interesting.

Dorothy from grammology
grammology.com

jauntymagpie said...

This work is just outstanding. I love how unique each one is, and how you just know that anyone wearing these pieces will get stopped by total strangers to say WHERE DID YOU GET THAT?! Fantastic.