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Eastern Hercules Beetle, male

Dynastes tityus


Reported to be the heaviest beetle in North America! I found this large male beetle on his back in the parking lot at work. I have seen these beauties in photos but never in person until now! Amazing, huge beetle. Mustard yellow with dark reddish-brown splotches. Brown underside. Color is variable in this species. The males have horns, the females do not.


Suburban area with adjacent field, vegetation and drainage ditch. Attracted to lights at night.

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Marek Koszorek
Marek Koszorek 6 years ago

Nice shots :)

ForestDragon 6 years ago

Thank you mauna! It was so cool to see and hold this giant beetle!

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 6 years ago

Nice spotting!

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Virginia, USA

Spotted on Jun 4, 2015
Submitted on Jun 4, 2015

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