Eastern Hercules Beetle
Tue, May 5, 2009 at 2:37 PM
Some guys in my Army platoon found this beetle while we were training at Camp Shelby, MS two summers ago (August 2007). It was very sluggish and did not appear in good health, and died shortly after placing it in a box to observe. I never knew what it was until i visited your site yesterday to post a question about a different bug. I thought you guys could use a cool image! It was about 2 1/2 inches in length and was found in a large open field.
I look forward to hearing from you on the ID for my question yesterday. Thanks!!!
Southern Mississippi, USA
Thanks for submitting this beautiful photo of a male Eastern Hercules Beetle, Dynastes tityus. Sadly, our email program for the website does not allow us to identify the sender of the message before opening the message, so there is no way for us to quickly scan your previous query. In an attempt to locate the email you sent yesterday, we stumbled upon a gorgeous image of a Harlequin Beetle from Trinidad, and needed to post it. Alas, our old computer is quite sluggish and every task we perform takes an inordinate amount of time, including replying to as many people who contact us as possible. As soon as we get our book advance, we are going to purchase a brand new tricked out Mac so we can write and scan images quickly and easily. We hope we are able to find your previous questions when we have more time, but right now, our real job is calling upon us and we have a train to catch.