I Raised Massive Rhino Beetles



oh man Wow I can't believe what I managed to film this week in the anti verse ie my aunt room which houses a variety of epic ant kingdoms and variants containing a menagerie of exotic creatures that all live together interdependently but guys the next gigantic beasts you're about to see in this video that have just made their grand arrival to the ant room will surely blow your mind as it did mine I have never in my life seen creatures so cool you'll see exactly what I mean soon now as some of you may or may not know back in October I acquired some new scarab beetle grubs the larvae of the world-famous Xylo trapeze Gideon Philip enhances the giant rhinoceros beetle I created individual soil incubators for them called the chambers of Sudan and I was told that the fully formed adult Rhino beetles would emerge from these soils by Christmas time I as well as many of you were thrilled well christmas came and went and there was no sign of the beetles then new years came and went and still no sign of giant Rhino beetles anywhere it concerns me because I'd never raised Rhino beetles before and I thought I had gotten something wrong or perhaps some disaster had struck somehow so I asked you guys whether or not I should go in and check up on the beetles according to the votes over 86% of you here on YouTube felt it was time to go in to the chambers of Sudan and check up on our beloved beetles and they see family what I ended up seeing is something I'd never witness before and something I know you guys will never forget and guys wait until you see what my epic plans are at the end of this video so to keep on watching till the end ladies and gentlemen gather round and witness the glory of these majestic mammoths of the insect world our new Rhino beetles here on the ants Canada engine welcome to enjoy AC family behold standing before us are the chambers of Sudan specially-designed incubating and growing quarters named after Sudan the last surviving male white rhino they've been moved out of the ant room because they are about to undergo a special operation which I anticipated was going to get messy each of these chambers contain coco peat mulch and chunks of decaying coconut wood along with the larvae which were to eat all that good stuff until they grew up into adult beetles but why haven't we seen the beetles yet it's been three weeks past their due date honestly going into these chambers of Sudan I was prepared for the worst dead larvae dead beetles it could have been anything so to go in I had this tray onto which I would be dumping out all the medium of course I needed my trusty pair of tweezers to help me work my way through the medium for whatever I might find and I also used a plastic spoon just in case I needed it the rounded edge would prove safer working around any living larvae or pupae I also had on hand a bag of decaying coconut tree wood and debris that I collected from my neighborhood this was on standby if ever any of the beetle larvae were still actually alive but it just run out of food perhaps something I figured was a big possibility seeing as they've not come yet I also had a bag of soil on standby containing some freshly decaying wood chips and mulch to add to their growing medium in case they needed more all right easy family and now for the moment of truth it was time for us to go in and get to the bottom of our Rhino beetle no-show I put on my gloves you guys ready let's do this the first chamber I wanted to grab what's this one have a look at it guys to my horror this growing chamber was full of fungus see all those white hairlike fibers every single wall of this chamber showed this fungus growing profusely throughout the medium which is definitely alarming and not a good sign because in my mind this was evidence that the larvae inside have perhaps died which led to this mass fungus outbreak now before I go in many of you asked in previous videos how the beetle larvae were breathing well each of these chambers contain four breathing holes as well as one of these rotating doors which pop off opening the chamber the site of the fungus frosting the surface of the medium like deadly snow made my stomach turn I didn't want to jump to conclusions but in my mind this beetle larva was surely dead AC family what do you think let's see if we're right with my tools on hand I carefully tipped the chamber to lay it on its side and started to carefully excavate I made sure to inspect every clump in the medium soon I ran into a layer of decaying coconut tree wood placed inside back when this chamber was first made it was hard to tell if it had been eaten or not let's keep moving I continued to dig deeper surprised that I hadn't seen any signs yet of the larvae dead or alive wait I stopped dead in my tracks what was this a CFM a movement I couldn't believe my eyes the world all around me Stood Still as I watched this miracle of a juggernaut moving its legs trying its best to write itself guys have a look it looks like we had a living and healthy adult Rhino beetle I went in to fetch it and bring it into the light so I could have a better look at it and the whole time it stridulating at me with some Bucky hissing noises the Strich elation in these beetles is caused by the rubbing of body parts together and its purpose is to scare away predators I never got used to the sound and it's semi worked at keeping me on guard but OMG AC family can you believe this thing it was absolutely massive and heavy I was so blown away by how solidly this rhino beetle was built check out those crazy horns the presence of the horns meant this was a male males whose their horns to wrestle each other for territory and the right to breed with females and check out his incredible face he sports too short club like antennae and warns any predators that they risk a painful pinch between two double toothed horns I could not believe the anatomy of this majestic creature if this thing were the size of a human it would totally be an unstoppable tank and dangerous it insisted on walking and as it did I had to remind myself that this thing was a living insect as it more resembled a wind-up toy of some sort ha ha ha I placed our bolt back into his container and inserted some wood to give him some extra shelter cleaned his enclosure up a bit and everything was a-ok such amazing news that he was actually alive in there next I grabbed another chamber and began to dig much more hopeful this time suddenly more beetle sounds from within the dirt and a glimmer of shining from within a chamber AC family we've reached another beetle I went in carefully to move surrounding medium so I could fetch this beetle from its soil cell I immediately noticed that this one was living with a few mites which apparently is a common thing in scarab beetle keeping this male had smaller horns than our last mate but was still quite impressive I placed the fella back into his enclosure along with a piece of wood for shelter and when I caught the male doing next truly surprised me AC family watched this the beetle was a digging machine using his headgear and spiny legs in a few short moments this beetle was completely below the soil it seems warfare isn't the only purpose of having those crazy horns they're also double functioning as digging apparatus over the next hour and a half I took the time to go through every single chamber and in the end this was the outcome of our grand excavation and inspection Acey family here you will see five piles each pile contains the various things I found while searching through each chamber let's start with this first pile on the right well not a pile but a single chamber this chamber was both good and bad news as I dug through it all I could find was some larvae skin but no beetle so the conclusion the beetle larvae somewhere along the line had died not sure why but the good news is it was the only chamber in which I found any dead moving on to the next pile in these two chambers I was surprised to find beetle larvae still growing some of the larvae I put in these chambers back in October or smaller than the rest so perhaps these were the youngest of the batch so I emptied out some of the digging medium whoa check out all that beetle larvae Fras I'm gonna use some of that in a future terrarium I then placed the beetle are right back in added more decaying coconut wood poured in some fresh mulch and topped off the container with more meeting I was happy to know these larvae were still at least alive moving on to this middle pile the findings get more and more exciting from here on in can you guess what these chambers contain well for these two chambers I didn't even need to dig because luckily I could see what they contained through the wall pupae the teenage transition stage of all insects undergoing complete metamorphosis see that horn from the looks of things it seems we have two males on the way so exciting right guys I expect these beetles to arrive very soon and now we move on to our next pile can you guess what I found in these two chambers AC family I am thrilled to show you in two of the chambers I dug and I dug to reveal such precious let's have a look beetles with no pores AC family fees are female Rhino beetles perfectly rounded heads also with club like antenna in spiny legs these female Rhino beetles were equally as impressive to me these female Rhino beetles possess that iconic scarab beetle look just gorgeous to look at and also solidly built one interesting thing to note was that in every chamber containing a fully formed adult beetle I found two skins look at this AC family the first one was the shed skin of the larva when they became pupae complete with the larval headcase and legs the second one was the outer shell of the pupa which they discarded when they emerged as adult beetles pretty cool to see the historic evidence of their journey from young to old alright guys so these two chambers contain the females let's play some pink post-it notes to mark them as such you'll see what this is for in a little bit but now that we've done that are you ready to be blown away by our next and final pilot will you believe that this tower of not one not two not three not four not five but six chambers all contained adult male Rhino beetles the various males horns varied in size from small horn structures to medium sized horns to large horns I'm not sure why all males weren't created equally but it was interesting to find proportionally a great ratio of males in the batch but this male rhino beetle disproportion was perfect because as mentioned at the start of this video I'm about to show you what epic plan I have ahead for these beetles and for us the AC family in just a little bit I place blue sticky post-it notes on both pupae chambers and all the mail chambers so what are all these post-it notes for you ask well I was going to use them to designate names to each of the beetles I named them all after Greek deities Zeus king of the gods beside him lord of the sea Ares God of War Apollo god of healing light truth and medicine Dionysos god of harvest and have listas god of fire as for the pupae Hades god of the underworld and hypnose god of sleep the females are Hera queen of the gods and Aphrodite goddess of love and beauty and now are you ready to hear my ultimate plan guys so exciting ok so now that we have all our rhino penis named and separated my plan for these beetles is to sort of replicate the naturally occurring events of nature in a systematic manner that is both controlled and well fun for us AC family I would like for us to play a little game of sorts a tournament a rhinoceros beetle tournament so as I mentioned previously in the wild male rhinoceros beetles use their great horns to fight not kill each other but simply wrestle and subdue each other for the right to territory feeding grounds and breeding with females the beetles after emerging from their pupae underground await for heavy rains to signal when they should emerge in the night to start feeding claiming territory and breeding which is why they weren't around all this time they were waiting for it to rain and now that we have our Rhino beetle separated and waiting for their next step in their lives I began to prepare my epic plans but before I get into that I have to quickly make a correction guys I double-check the pupae the other day and I'm glad I did because one of the pupae turned out to be a female and not a male as I thought so we actually had not eight males and two females but seven meals and three females I renamed hypnose to Athena goddess of war now here's where it gets fun what you guys are to do is to select your chosen rhino beetle gladiator among the seven males now just to be fair I won't show you each male per name because then you guys would all just choose the male with the largest torrents and purposely not select those with small homes there are indeed a couple meals of the group with much larger horns from the rest of the bunch and I'm not too sure if size matters in the beetle world but let's just assume that it does also some of the males have an alarming case of mites not too sure if that's a deterrence are not either but either way it's an even playing field for all of us selecting our male Rhino of choice so in the comments section choose only one and stick with your gladion because in next week's video provided that our last male Hades arrives in timely fashion we shall begin the very first AC rhino beetle games cheering on our favorite male Rhino beetle as they fight for the throne to claim dominion over a beetle paradise and the predator free and perfect existence of endless food and females for the remaining final few months of their lives under our loving care in the anti verse all losing beetles shall be thrown out to fend for themselves back in the wild AC family choose your gladiator as we step in to the Ringo Stadium battle grounds of the 2019 rhino beetle kings all righty see family first off happy new year hope you're ready for more fun and discovery of nature and the world of insects for 2019 and of course more ants be sure to choose which of the male beetles you're rooting for and let's have some fun with this upcoming rhino beetle tournament so guys be sure to smash that subscribe button and pail icon now so you get notified at every single upload and follow this continuing story and hit the like button every single time including now if you're new to the channel and want to catch up on all your aunt Canada Lord feel free to binge watch this complete storyline playlist here which traces the origins of all the ant colonies of the empty so you can follow their stories and better appreciate how keys and kingdoms came to be and why we love them so much AC inner colony I have left a hidden cookie for you here if you just like to watch extended play footage of the Rhino beetles check them out you might just find something interesting or even a clue as to who might be a good bet to root for and now it's time for the AC question of the week last week we asked what does polymorphic me congratulations to G sees who correctly answered polymorphic means that within a species such as ants and honeybees there are differences such as size and other design features congratulations GCS you just won a free ebook handbook from our shop in this week's AC question of the week we asked how can you tell male Rhino beetles from females leave your answer in the comment section and you could also win a free ebook handbook from our shop hope you can subscribe to the channel as we upload every Saturday at 8 a.m. Eastern Standard Time please remember to Like comment share and subscribe if you enjoyed this video and help us keep making mold it's ant look

43 thoughts on “I Raised Massive Rhino Beetles

  1. I love all the animals and their habitats, but the narration is really annoying. I watch these videos at 1.5x speed, just because they are sooo overdramatic and drawn out.

  2. Very Cool! Curious… I head these beetles done fly but can vibrate and hover, is this true? Would love to see you raise some Egyptian Scarabs! ps. Zeus

  3. So, you have a bunch of scarab like beetles and you name them after Greek gods and not the Egyptian gods? Seems like a missed opportunity to me. 😛

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