The satanas beetle is a spectacular member of the Dynastinae, the rhinoceros beetles, which grow to up to 115mm long.
The male beetle has large horns, and commands high prices from collectors.
Because of collecting and habitat loss it is protected in its home country, Bolivia, and has recently been placed on Appendix II of CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
Dynastes satanas is found only in moist forest areas in Bolivia at between 900 and 2000 metres. Find out more.
Satanas beetles take 2 years to mature. Find out more about their lifecycle and what the larvae like to eat.
Discover how male and female satanas beetles differ.
Dynastes satanas has recently been listed as an endangered species and is protected in its home country Bolivia. Find out what threatens this formidable beetle.
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Elytra (pleural of elytron) are modified hardened forewings that serve primarily as protection for the hindwings
Pronotum is the thorax