Dynastes satanas (satanas beetle)

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.

Species detail

  • bolivian forest
    Distribution and habitat

    Dynastes satanas is found only in moist forest areas in Bolivia at between 900 and 2000 metres. Find out more.

  • Dynastes satanus
    Biology

    Satanas beetles take 2 years to mature. Find out more about their lifecycle and what the larvae like to eat.

  • Dynastes satanus
    Behaviour

    Discover how male and female satanas beetles differ.

  • Male Dynastes satanus
    Conservation

    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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Dynastes satanus

Dynastes satanus

Dynastes satanus

Dynastes satanus

Dynastes satanus

Dynastes satanus

Dynastes satanus

Dynastes satanus

Dynastes satanus

Dynastes satanus

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Dr Chris Lyal

Research entomologist specialising in weevil research.

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Glossary

Elytra (pleural of elytron) are modified hardened forewings that serve primarily as protection for the hindwings  

Pronotum is the thorax

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