Chalcosoma atlas in flight

Atlas beetle (toned lagre)

I love painting these guys. They get pretty big at lengths of up to 25-60 millimeters in length. Their larva is known for  fierce behavior. It’ll  bite ya if touched. Unverified reports exist of Chalcosoma larvae that live together,  fighting to the death if space or food are insufficient.

Watercolor on Canson toned paper.

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