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Could you tell us what this thing is?
It was almost 2” long – quite large – and making a sort of hissing noise. We found a tiny tick looking beetle crawling on it and did pry that off and kill it, whereupon the beetle settled down a bit, but still was making this noise. Husband found it on the ground behind a wooden berm. It was black with some fuzzy yellow-orange hairs on various legs and edging the shell toward the bottom. The head was somewhat scoop shaped, with little bumps all over it.
Thanks!
Teresa
Middleburg , FL

Hi Teresa,
Nice photos of a Bess Bug, the Horned Passalid Beetle, Odontotaenius disjunctus. These beetles live in communities in rotting wood. They do stridulate or make noise. The bumps on the head are actually a mite infestation, but a minor one.

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