Friday, April 28, 2017
Hercules Beetle pupa - BIODIVERSITY
Hercules beetles are a form of rhinoceros beetle that can reach more than 17cm long. They transform larvae to a pupa stage.
Once hatched from its egg, the larva spends up to two years tunneling/eating rotting wood; the larva looks like a large white caterpillar.
Once they have stored enough energy they will turn into a hard shell and morph into the beetle, when the beetle is ready to come out they will moult (shed) their shell and emerge an adult.
The footage was shared online by Ziya Tong, the host of a TV nature program in Canada called Daily Planet.