Rhinoceros Beetle - Sinodendron cylindricum


Length approx 15 to 18 mm. Rhinoceros beetles get their name from the pointed projection on the front of the head of the males which gives them a rhinoceros-like appearance. The female rhinoceros beetle just has a small bump. The shiny body of the rhinoceros beetle is black with a blue-green sheen.

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When to see it

May to October.

Life History

They feed on tree sap. The larvae feed on rotting wood - especially Beech.

UK Status

Found throughout Britain but usually in small numbers.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 69 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map