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Rhinoceros Beetles 2012

Fifty (more or less) rhinoceros beetles (Xyloryctes jamaicensis) found at Elms! The males with the big horns are particularly amazing looking. The adults can fly. Perhaps you have seen one come to your porch light.

Students holding the Rhino beetles!

Seventh grade students working in the Elms native plant nursery were thrilled to found lots and lots of these impressive beetles in the pots with our ash trees.  The adult beetles feed on ash tree foliage and the larvae feed on the roots of ash as well as decaying organic matter. We are unsure if our ash trees will survive such a large infestation. Oct. 2012.

More Articles...

  1. Smooth Earth Snake Oct. 2012
  2. Imperial Moth Caterpillar 2012
  3. American Shieldback 2012
  4. Eastern Cottontails 2012
  5. Ground Hog: 2012
  6. Double-crested Cormorant rescued
  7. Little Brown Skink
  8. Common Buckeye Caterpillar
  9. Luna Moth Caterpillar: Actias luna
  10. railroad worm
  11. Garden Hose or Rat Snake?
  12. Common Snapping Turtle
  13. Leopard Gecko: Eublepharis macularius
  14. American Mink specimen
  15. Small American Bullfrog: Feb. 2012
  16. Rock Doves: April 2010
  17. Unknown Caterpillar -Cutworm Maybe: October 2011
  18. Baby Northern Water Snake April 2011
  19. Southern Leopard Frog: Oct. 2011
  20. Bull Frog: May 2011
  21. Green Tree Frog:Oct. 2011
  22. Fowlers Toad: Aug. 2011
  23. Northern Cricket Frog May 2011
  24. Eastern Mud Turtle June 2011
  25. Eastern Box Turtle May 2011
  26. The Chinese mantis September 2011
  27. The Old Man of the Woods September 2011
  28. Autumn Olive
  29. English Ivy November 2011
  30. The Periwinkle Plant (Vinca major) October 2011
  31. Eastern Ribbon Snake September 2011
  32. Diamondback Terrapin October 2011
  33. Wheel Bug (Arilus cristatus) October 2011
  34. Marbled Salamander: October 2011
  35. Rough Green Snake October 2011
  36. Atlantic Needlefish: September 2011
  37. The Eastern Box Turtle: June 2011
  38. Luna Moth Male vs. Female: May 2011
  39. Luna Moth: May 2011
  40. Green Stink Bug: May 2011
  41. Leaf Beetle Larvae: May 2011
  42. Worm Snake: May 2011
  43. Painted Turtle: May 2011
  44. Fiddler Crab: May 2011
  45. Arrow Arum: May 2011
  46. Eastern Tent Caterpillar: May 2011
  47. Shark Tooth Fossil: May 2011
  48. Northern water Snake: May 2011
  49. Female Cardinal: April 2011
  50. Ruby-Crowned Kinglet: April 2011
  51. 5-Lined Skink: April 2011
  52. Yellow Spotted Salamander Eggs: March 2011
  53. Loblolly Pine: Mach 2011
  54. Buck Moth: Feb 2011
  55. Spotted Salamander: Feb 2011
  56. Green Tree Frog: Feb 2011
  57. Male Blue Crab: Feb 2011
  58. Naked Goby: October 2010
  59. White Perch: October 2010
  60. Blood (polychaete) Worm: October 2010
  61. Bay Anchovy: October 2010
  62. Atlantic Silverside: October 2010
  63. Skilletfish: October 2010
  64. Spot: October 2010
  65. Black Drum: October 2010
  66. Blennies: September 2010
  67. Hogchoker: September 2010
  68. Mud Crab: September 2010
  69. Oyster Flatworm: September 2010
  70. Tiger Swallowtail: June 2010
  71. Diamondback Terrapin Eggs: June 2010
  72. American Toad Toadlet: May 2010
  73. Green Frog: May 2010
  74. Canada Geese: May 2010
  75. Land Snail: May 2010
  76. Red Admiral: May 2010
  77. Periwinkle Snail: May 2010
  78. Ladybug: May 2010
  79. Watersnake: May 2010
  80. Pipefish: April 2010
  81. Amphipod: April 2010
  82. Fowlers Toad: April 2010
  83. Racoon: April 2010
  84. Spring Peeper: April 2010
  85. Click Beetle: April 2010
  86. Six Spotted Tiger Beetle: April 2010
  87. Spotted Turtle: April 2010
  88. Eastern Mud Turtle: April 2010

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