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Hercules Beetle (Dynastes tityus)

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Order: Coleoptera (ko-lee-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Scarabaeidae
Genus: Dynastes
Species: tityus

Profile:

2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Regional...

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Vincent, Alabama
Benton, Kentucky
Ewing, Kentucky
Cole Camp, Missouri
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Harrisburg, North Carolina
Middleton, Tennessee
San Antonio, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia
Penhook, Virginia
Charleston, West Virginia

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Member Notes:

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Positive melody On Jul 31, 2006, melody from Benton, KY
(Zone 7a) wrote:

This is the largest North American Beetle. It has a body length of between 2" and 3".

The female has a smooth head, while the male has horns.

Found in light wooded areas and gardens, it is a harmless, interesting insect.

Positive bbrogan1 On Sep 10, 2007, bbrogan1 from Amma, WV
(Zone 6a) wrote:

This is one of the most beautiful beetles I have ever seen as well as the largest. Here in West Virginia, co-workers found one in an old decaying woodpile and it was much bigger than the 3" referenced by another reader.


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