I have reached week 8 of my endangered species made from balloons and for the letter H I have decided to feature my first insect of the series, This fascinating creature is called the Hercules beetle and is one of the largest beetles in the world. living in the jungles of south America it spends its time foraging through the leaf litter looking for food.
The Hercules beetle is named for it’s sheer size with some being measured up to 18cm in length but it is rare for them to get this big. This amazing beetle can carry up to 850 times its own body weight which makes it one of the strongest creatures on earth for its size. To give you an idea of its strength it is the equivalent of me lifting up a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
There are 13 different types of Hercules beetle and the male beetles all have the distinctive horn pincers, some have horns which are longer than the actual body of the beetle. As is the case with many animals in the jungles of South America these incredible creatures are under threat due to the deforestation of their natural habitat. They are also affected by water and air pollution.
You can find out more about the Hercules Beetle here – http://a-z-animals.com/animals/hercules-beetle/
You can donate to the WWF-UK by visiting this link – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/EndangeredSpecies
Next week it is the letter I and I will be featuring a very popular animal.