Specimen NC 215 | Hercules Beetle

[dynastes hercules]

Male Hercules beetle typically use their large horns to settle mating disputes; these fights can cause significant physical damage to the combatants. During fights, the males attempt to grab and pin their rival between their horns to lift and throw them.


to the Museum of York County

for their generous permission to paint right there in their Naturalist Center—so I could experience these beautiful creations up close and personal.


Specimen NC 215

Hercules Beetle

oil & gold leaf on wood

4 x 4 in