- "I caught the atlas beetle! It's black and looks tough! It's the strongest beetle!" —Wild World
Family: Scarabaeidae - Scarab beetles
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The Horned Atlas (コーカサスオオカブト, Kōkasasuookabuto), known as the Atlas Beetle before Animal Crossing: New Leaf, is an insect found in Animal Crossing: Wild World, Animal Crossing: City Folk, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It is sold for 8,000 Bells. It appears during the summer evenings, between June and August, and during 5 PM to 8 AM.
| ''These beetles are the strongest in the world."|
In City Folk
In New Leaf
In Pocket Camp
In New Horizons
Donating to the museum
In Wild World
"I find most things about beetles like this repellant, but the MOST repellant are the thin wings that they keep hidden inside. You know of what I speak? After landing, seeing that little piece of wing sticking out of their backs! Blech! Just another example of how insects scoff at proper manners and tidiness!"
In City Folk
"Crowned with three horns, the atlas beetle is known as the strongest of the dynastid beetles. Blech, I wonder if it had three horns when it was in its larval form... I simply loathe larvae. All squishy and squirmy... Nightmarish, really."
In New Leaf
The Horned Atlas, as known in the game, is displayed on the upper-left room of the bug exhibit with the following description:
"Horned atlases are still known as the strongest of the dynastid beetles. The 3 horns make them look like a mash-up of a dynastid beetle and a stag beetle! In the pupal stage, they already have 3 horns and tend to be pretty strong."
The Atlas beetle, Chalcosoma atlas, and Caucasus beetle, Chalcosoma causasus, are found in southern Asia, particularly Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam. The two species both exhibit extreme sexual dimorphism: while females are typically around 4 to 6 cm in length, males can reach 13 cm (with Caucasus beetles slightly larger than Atlas beetles), one third of which can be the three large horns for which the beetles are known. These horns are used by the males to fight for mating rights. The males have a reputation as the strongest animals relative to body size, able to lift more than 800 times their body weight. Their strength, combined with their aggressiveness during mating duels, have made the beetles quite popular with local gamblers.
While very similar, the two beetles can be distinguished by the shape of the lower horn and the texture of the females' skin. Caucasus beetles have a small "tooth" that juts upward from the middle of the horn, while Atlas beetles' horns curve more smoothly. Female Atlas beetles have somewhat prickly skin, while female Caucasus beetles are rougher.
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