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Big black beetle
Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 7:45 AM
Dear Bugman,
I found this guy last night on my front porch during an intense thunderstorm. He was two to three inches long. I’ve never seen anything like this, can you identify it?
C. Conner
Central North Carolina

Tile Horned Prionus

Tile Horned Prionus

Dear C. Conner,
This magnificent specimen is a male Tile Horned Prionus, Prionus imbricornis.  According to BugGuide:  “On mid-summer nights, these hit lighted windows so hard at my house in Durham, North Carolina, that I fear the glass will break. Seems that mostly males come to lights. “

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