4 Beetles With Large Pincers (Pictures)

Oftentimes, the largest beetles in the world have a weapon that’s just as impressive as their size: pincers. In this post, we’ll explore a few types of beetles with large pincers like titan beetles, rhinoceros beetles and hercules beetles.

4 types of beetles with large pincers

1. Titan beetle

titan beetle
Titan beetle | image by Bernard DUPONT via Flickr | CC BY-SA 2.0

Can you imagine the damage that a beetle with large pincers would do to a human? These beetles are quite large and powerful, and they can certainly be dangerous. While their pincers are rather short, they’ve been known to snap a pencil in half so imagine what a bite would do to your skin.

One of the largest insects on Earth is called Titan beetle, which has an impressive wingspan of up to 8 inches (20 cm). The titan beetle is also known as rhino beetle or elephant beetle.

The titan beetle is native to Central and South America, but it can be found in other regions as well. Its body color ranges from bright green to black depending on its habitat, but it usually has brown stripes on its legs and thorax (middle part of its body).

The titan beetle eats snails, lizards and other small animals for food. This carnivorous insect uses its strong mandibles (jaws) to crush snail shells so that it can reach the snail meat inside them!

2. Rhinoceros beetle

rhinoceros beetle
rhinoceros beetle | Image by Patrizia08 from Pixabay

The Rhinoceros beetle is one of the largest insects in the world. While it may be small compared to some other beetles, its pincers are strong enough to lift 850 times the weight of the insect! These pincers are used for fighting, defense, and digging.

Rhinoceros beetles can grow up to 6 inches long and are found from Arizona northeast to Nebraska and eastward from there. They have a hard shell on their back that protects them from predators like birds or foxes.

They also have a soft belly which helps them climb trees easily when they find a good source of food such as sap or fruit trees with flowers on them

3. Hercules beetle

hercules beetle
hercules beetle

The Hercules beetle is a species of rhinoceros beetle. It is native to the rainforests of Central and South America. The species also goes by “Hercules beetle,” which is just a common name for the insect, not its scientific classification of Dynastes hercules.

The Hercules beetle has an impressive display of horns and pincers, with males having larger horns than females do. This species can grow up to 6 inches long, making it one of the largest insects in the world!

4. Stag beetle

stag beetle
stag beetle | Image by Lubos Houska from Pixabay

You may have heard of or even seen stag beetles before. They are large beetles with long pincers, and there are 30 species of them in the United States alone.

The giant stag beetle lives on the ground in forest habitats and feed on decaying and rotting wood.

Stag beetles are often kept as pets due to their interesting appearance, but you should be aware that male and female stag beetles have quite painful bites.

stag beetle pincers up close
stag beetle pincers up close

Male stag beetles have very sharp mandibles that they use to fight with other males over territory. These mandibles can cause injury if they come into contact with human skin.

Female stag beetles also have mandibles, but they are used for chewing food rather than fighting. Both male and female stag beetles are capable of flying, but may rarely do so. This type of giant beetle typically likes life on the ground.


Beetles are a diverse group of insects with wide range of different characteristics. There are some that are predators, others that eat rotting vegetation, and there are even kinds that have poisonous secretions.

When most people think about beetles with large pincers, though, the first one that comes to mind is probably the stag beetle. However, the largest beetle in terms of weight is the African Goliath beetle, but it’s not known for having large pincers like the other species on this list.

In total there are around 400 thousand beetles species alive today and they can be found on all continents except for Antarctica.