University of Kentucky Department of Entomology

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Mystery Picture #69

Mystery Picture #69

R. Bessin, University of Kentucky
Entomology
R. Bessin, University of Kentucky
Entomology
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Novice

This mighty creature is the largest beetle in Kentucky. Because of its large size, this one is often called the Hercules Beetle. Hercules was an incredibly strong hero from Greek mythology. This beetle is also sometimes called the rhinoceros beetle or the unicorn beetle because of its unique horns. Male Hercules beetles use their horns to fight one another! Read more about the amazing Hercules beetle in our online Critter Case File: Hercules Beetles .


Expert

This fascinating spider is called the Trapdoor Spider. It lives inside a tunnel and hides underneath a small door that it builds from silk, soil, and pieces of wood. Then, it waits for unsuspecting prey to walk by (you know what happens then!). Read more about these incredible animals in this website from Australia: http://www.austmus.gov.au/factsheets/trapdoor_spiders.htm


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