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Does anyone know... (E. Hercules beetle)

what kind of beetle this is??

[img]https://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa97/OurBoys2007/DSC_0677.jpg[/img]

As big as he is, I sure hope he's a beneficial!
Brenda

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No idea, but he looks scary!

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Eastern Hercules Beetle ... Dynastes tityus. Yours looks like a female to me. Information and more pictures at:

https://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/eastern_hercules_beetle.htm

[img]https://www.uark.edu/ua/arthmuse/images/museum_notes/Herc100a.jpg[/img]
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Thank you, Kisal! I appreciate the link too. It seems the trees it likes for food is what we have a number of around here. Unfortunately (?), so are the predators.
Brenda

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A big one!

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THAT is so cool! 8)
https://bugguide.net/node/view/2877 says it ranges up to S. NY and Pa. I wonder if there is any chance of encountering them around here? Look at the SIZE of their grubs/larvae! Well, I'll know not to squish if I ever come across ones like that. :wink:

The other day I accidentally uncovered a cicada larva and patted/tucked it back under the soil. "There, there... Go back to sleep, Baby." :D

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I cropped and enlarged the picture for a better view.

[img]https://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa97/OurBoys2007/DSC_0677cropped.jpg[/img]

Applestar, this is the first time we've seen one thanks to the lights so there's no telling how many we have or how long they've been here. You might/could have some too. I feel very lucky to have seen this one!

And cicada's are so cool! I was lucky enough to find this one the other week.

[img]https://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa97/OurBoys2007/DSC_0647.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa97/OurBoys2007/DSC_0649.jpg[/img]

Nature is so amazing!
Brenda

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