Japanese rhinoceros beetle

Japanese Rhinoceros Beetle

Japanese rhinoceros beetle

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The Japanese rhinoceros beetle, Japanese horned beetle, or , Allomyrina dichotoma, is a species of rhinoceros beetle found in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China. It is sold as a pet in department stores in many countries of Asia (in Japan, even in vending machines), where it is also frequently depicted in popular media as a common cartoon character for various uses, for example much as cartoon bears, lions, or alligators are seen in advertisements and product labels in the United States.

List of subspecies

  • Allomyrina dichotoma dichotoma
  • Allomyrina dichotoma inchachina
  • Allomyrina dichotoma septentrionalis
  • Allomyrina dichotoma takarai
  • Allomyrina dichotoma tunobosonis


Kabutomushi are a very popular subject in gambling, like Siamese fighting fish and cricket fights. In the most popular game, two different male beetles are placed on a log. The two beetles will battle each other, trying to push each other off the log, the one to stay on the log is the winner. This is a huge source and loss of money to many people, especially in the Ryukyu Islands.

Pets and breeding

Many children in Japan buy or catch these bugs and breed them. Male and female insects will cost about 500-1000 yen (approximately five to ten US dollars). Male beetles normally die in the fall after mating many times, where as female beetles normally die after laying eggs. The eggs themselves are laid directly in the ground. The eggs then hatch into larva, which usually mature in a year....
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