Toktokkie the Beetle
Toktokkie the Beetle 1
Publication Information

The Lion King: A Nature Fun and Learn Series




Rafiki Remembers


1995 – 1997



Story Guide

Guinea Fowl and Crab


Up in the Clouds

Do you know how the toktokkie beetle got his name? Listen to this story.

Toktokkie the Beetle is a story from the Rafiki Remembers magazine collection. It was published in the 1990s as part of The Lion King: A Nature Fun and Learn Series.


When Tok the beetle decides that he would like to find himself a wife, he takes to combing the land for a suitable mate. That day, Tok walks around looking for a wife, but come nightfall, he has had no luck. Exhausted, he lies down to rest and laments his poor luck. Before falling asleep, however, he resolves to send out a message to the other beetles that he is looking for a wife.

The next day, Tok encounters a bee, who explains that he has been given a message about the location of many flowers with pollen. Tok questions how the bee had gotten his message, and the bee says that the messenger had performed a dance to inform the others of where the flowers were.

Tok decides to try dancing himself, but he falls on the first attempt. Eventually, he keeps his balance and begins to make a tapping sound as he dances. The noise attracts a female beetle, who explains that she had been curious about the "tok, tok, tok" noise she had heard. Pleased with the attention, Tok introduces himself to her and invites her to go on a walk with him. The two eventually get married, and from that point onward, beetles mimic Tok's dance to attract mates. This is why they are called "toktokkie" beetles.