The giant rhinoceros beetle is a large insect named for its immense size and facial prongs. A common sight in its native habitat, the scorching hot Si Wong Desert, it is commonly used by the beetle-headed merchants as a beast of burden.
In the spring of 100 ASC, the beetle-headed merchants used their tamed giant rhinoceros beetles to drag a bound Appa onto a wooden contraption. However, before the beetle could start pulling the flying bison toward Ba Sing Se, it was flipped on its back and dragged over the ground as Appa took off. The animal was saved as its owners tranquilized Appa with shirshu-spit darts.