A photo essay of the various plants and animals encountered by students at Elms Environmental Education Center.
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.