Definition of Hercules beetle in English:

Hercules beetle

Pronunciation /ˈhərkyəˌlēz ˈˌbēdl/ /ˈhərkjəˌliz ˈˌbidl/


  • A large tropical American rhinoceros beetle, the male of which has two long curved horns extending from the head and one from the thorax.

    Genus Dynastes, family Scarabaeidae: several species, including the eastern Hercules beetle (D. tityus) of the southeastern US

    ‘In size they range from 0.25 to 0.3 mm to over 150 cm for the giant Goliath and Hercules beetles, which in size are the largest living species of insects.’
    • ‘The largest beetle in the Americas is the Hercules beetle, which can be 4 to 6 inches in length.’
    • ‘The Coleoptera also includes some of the largest insects, like the living Hercules beetle, Dynastes hercules.’