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Large Beetle - Dynastes tityus - female

Large Beetle - Dynastes tityus - Female
Atlanta, DeKalb County, Georgia, USA
June 30, 2004

Dynastes tityus....Large Beetle
I live in the mountains of NC and while sitting at the computer tonight I had a huge bug come flying by me, I thought it was a humingbird at first, but it was the largest beetle I have ever seen in my life! The thing kept flying towards me once hitting me in the neck! I screamed, woke my husband who caught the bug so I could identify it...hope I can sleep lol, it measures a little over 2"s long X 1". Is it unusual to see these in our area?

Not unusual
Look at our data map and you'll see its range is the eastern part of the US. Nothing to worry about - I'd love to see one of these, actually!

Eastern Hercules Beetle, female

And here's the Guide page for more information.

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