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We’re in the flower business and we recieve imports from all over the world. Most of our products are inspected with a magnifying glass by USDA inspectors for every possible insect or mollusk. Somehow this guy came in under the radar, he was found inside a rose box from Ecuador. What’s that bug? regards,
Heather Cook

Hi Heather,
That is some impressive stowaway you’ve got there. This is one of the Rhinoceros Beetles in the genus Golofa, but we are not entirely sure of the species. It might be Golofa pizarro, but we don’t think so because the shape of the upper horn is convex, not concave. Golofa eacus is another possibility. Golofa claviger seems to be a better match. We located a website selling specimens from this genus that has images of other species including Golofa gaugoni. Finally, we located a wonderful webpage with images of Rhinoceros Beetles on stamps, including several Golofa species that are called Corn Beetles. Our money is on Golofa claviger, but we will try to get Eric Eaton’s opinion. Our big question is “Are you are going to include this lovely gentleman in some lucky lady’s St. Valentine’s Day bouquet?”

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