Male rhino beetles (Xylotrupes gideon sp aka brown rhinoceros beetle, fighting beetle) are large, hardy insects in the scarab family known for their distinctive over-under, antler-like horns. They’re immensely strong for their size and are prized in some regions of Thailand for use in traditional beetle-fighting.
Rhino beetles have an earthy, grassy taste, but are not traditionally eaten whole. Instead the outer shell & wings are removed from the body portion, and the remainder eaten. After dehydration this internal portion doesn’t have much volume left. Because of this, dried male rhino beetles are typically separated into body & head portions, with the body ground into powder for use as a nutrient supplement mix-in for dishes. The head can be used as a food-safe decoration.
These beetles have been wild caught in northeast Thailand. They are then washed, pressure cooked, dehydrated, and packed in a modern, FDA registered facility that is certified by the Thailand Food & Drug Administration.
Rhino beetles have thicker chitin than many edible insect species, which makes them more durable during transit. However all edible insects are fragile and we cannot guarantee that they will be completely whole on arrival.
Insects may be the food of the future. They’re nutritious, easy to farm, and use much fewer resources than conventional sources of protein like beef or soy.
Note: If you are allergic to shellfish, you might also be allergic to these close cousins.