Bessbug, Patent-leather Beetle, Jerusalem Beetle (Odontotaenius disjunctus)

Order: Coleoptera (ko-lee-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Passalidae
Genus: Odontotaenius
Species: disjunctus

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Vincent, Alabama
Barling, Arkansas
Fountain, Florida
Barnesville, Georgia
Thomaston, Georgia
Millersville, Maryland
Corning, Ohio
Stanardsville, Virginia
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Members' Notes:

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Positive

On Jul 8, 2012, Gnat666 from Barnesville, GA wrote:

I have found rotten hardwood logs with dozens of larvae and several adults. I am keeping many of the grubs in captivity to see if I can get adults from them.

Positive

On Aug 22, 2006, sallyg from Anne Arundel,, MD (Zone 7b) wrote:

A big black beetle, over an inch long, with lengthwise grooves on the wings. Fairly common in well-rotted logs. Can be handled; I've never been pinched. Fun to show the kids!