Kabutomushi (Japanese rhinoceros beetle)

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Japanese rhinoceros beetles

Japanese rhinoceros beetles

Kabutomushi, Japanese rhinoceros beetles, are popular pets in Japan. Catching kabutomushi is a favorite pastime for boys during the summer. Kabutomushi, along with many other insects, are most abundant during the summer. Boys during their family trips to their grandparents' countryside will go to forests and woods to capture these beetles. Boys, and even their fathers will set traps or smear honey on tree trunks to attract these beetles and return hours later to capture them. Kabutomushi can also be bought at department stores, and can cost anywhere from 500 yen to 1000 yen but can cost much more if they are of a rare breed.

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