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What is this beetle? - Dynastes tityus - female

What is this beetle? - Dynastes tityus - Female
Braddock Heights, west of Frederick, Frederick County, Maryland, USA
August 18, 2007
Size: 1 3/4" long
We found this beetle clinging to the plastic "rope" in the swimming lane of the public pool. He is a very large beetle - larger than anything we've seen around here before. We saved him from the pool, and brought him home alive. He's just a little smaller than a small hamster.

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What is this beetle? - Dynastes tityus - female What is this beetle? - Dynastes tityus - female

Excellent find
Pools are good bug traps. If you want to find more interesting specimens to photograph and post here, ask the pool supervisor to save some specimens for you that he/she fishes out of the pool daily. Neighbors with pools might also be willing to hang onto some bugs for you.

in Japan, folks make pets of big beetles like this one, just like a hamster :)

This is a female Dynastes tityus - Eastern Hercules Beetle. Males will have a large forward projecting horn. See the specie's info page here .

I'm in south Jersey but these magificant beetles just don't seem to make it any further north than your local :( Nice find.

female dynastes tityus
Thanks for the great information and the link. I don't know that we would have brought home a male - they look scary! But we are keeping this beauty in the house tonight. She really scared a few little girls at the pool where we found her. BugGuide is a terrific web site!

I'd say this is a hercules be
I'd say this is a hercules beetle - dynastes - Try a search and see if you can find a match.

sorry Jim,
guess I took too long to type.

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