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My First Entry  - Elaphidion mucronatum

My First Entry - Elaphidion mucronatum
Gueydan, Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, USA
August 10, 2018
Size: Approximately one inch
This second one this week I found. Today's bug had a baby one following. The antlers are as long as body. When flipped on back you can see 3 pair of legs.

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Hi Rachel
and welcome to BugGuide.

What you have here is one of the long-horned beetles. The smaller insect is not a "baby" of the larger one, but a completely different kind of insect.

All insects have 3 body parts (head, thorax and abdomen) and all have 6 legs. That is part of what defines them as insects.

The "antlers" are known as antennae. All insects have those, too.

To answer your question: No, these beetles will not bite you.

Hopefully one of the beetle researchers will be able to give you an exact species ID of your particular long-horned beetle. In the meantime, if you are interested in learning more about insects, I suggest taking some time to look through some of the pages here. Lots of really cool images, and vast amounts of information.

Here you can see more images of the very many species of beetles in the same family as yours, and learn more about them:

https://bugguide.net/node/view/171

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