I’ve found rhinoceros beetles (kabuto-mushi) every night that I’ve visited this nature park during the summer. The population must be pretty healthy, but unfortunately I also meet people coming to collect them. I met one guy who had about 20 and boasted that he would sell them for 500 yen each. It’s a pity that some people abuse nature in this way. I just hope that the population does not decline.
We spotted this pair mating high up in a tree. After a while they started feeding together and, while they were both struggling to get the tree sap, the male managed to knock the female off the branch. Talk about “wham bam, thank you mam”!!!
Japanese Rhinoceros Beetle = kabuto-mushi
Location: Tsurugidake Natural Park, Kurate, Fukuoka-ken (google map)