Chalcosoma atlas hesperus (Not native to Australia)
The Atlas beetle (Chalcosoma atlas) belongs to the family ‘Scarabaeidae’. The Atlas beetle is found in southern Asia, particularly Malaysia. It is remarkable for its size which can be between 25 and 145 millimetres. Like many insect species, the male is larger than the female and usually two males will fight for dominance, the winner permitted to mate with the female in question.
This was one of my very first illustrations testing my stippling technique before moving on to Australian natives. Australia does have Rhino beetles but they have only the two centre horns not 3 like the Atlas. There are two colours to choose from the Abstract 'purple and green' and the 'blue black.'
Size A2 42cm x 59.4cm
Cotton rag paper 310gsm