Any help identifying this bug?
St. Louis, MO.
Just found it out on the front lawn and never seen one like it. About 2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. Thanks.
sent in by Taylor and Morgan Ratliff

Dear Ratliff Family,
This is a Giant Water Scavenger Beetle, Hydrophilus triangularis. These beetles are found in ponds and slow streams throughout North America. They leave the water and fly on summer nights and are often attracted to lights. They eat the decaying remains of aquatic animals and occasionally feed on small living animals. This is a new species for our site.

2 Responses to Giant Water Scavenger Beetle

  1. Nick Cooper says:

    Found one in North Norfolk. England

  2. Justine says:

    Found another in Menasha, WI..on the neighborhood sidewalk a few blocks from Lake Winnebago.

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