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Hercules Beetle (Dynastes tityus)

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


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Vincent, Alabama
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Anna, Illinois
Benton, Kentucky
Ewing, Kentucky
Cole Camp, Missouri
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Harrisburg, North Carolina
Middleton, Tennessee
Richmond, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Tyler, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia
Penhook, Virginia
Woodbridge, Virginia
Charleston, West Virginia
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Members' Notes:


On Jun 16, 2016, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I noticed this beetle in my patio and I also found it on its back. I gently turned it over for a photo. Then turned it on its back again, for another photo. Turned it one last time and all this time the beetle appeared calm. Very pretty. This one was about 2".


On Jul 8, 2015, Logo76 from Woodbridge, VA wrote:

I saw one of these beetles yesterday in Lake Ridge, VA at about 6:30am. It was on its back, so I gently turned it over. Based on the horns I think it was a male Hercules. He was quite large, maybe 3 inches and darker in color than some of the pictures I have seen. I am so glad Dave's garden is here to help me identify what I saw!


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.


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.