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Eastern Hercules Beetle, male

Dynastes tityus

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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

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3 Comments

Marek Koszorek
Marek Koszorek 6 years ago

Nice shots :)

ForestDragon
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!

ForestDragon
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ForestDragon

Virginia, USA

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

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