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Kentucky beetle
July 21, 2009
Having just moved to central Kentucky, we were taking our son to register him at his new school, and right by the front door welcoming the newcomers was this beetle. We asked the locals, but nobody seemed to know what it was. Can you tell us? (My son, BTW, felt much better about the new school after discovering such a cool bug there.)
Curious mother
Richmond, Kentucky

Eastern Hercules Beetle

Eastern Hercules Beetle

Dear Curious Mother,
Your beetle is an Eastern Hercules Beetle, Dynastes tityus.  It is a male beetle, as evidenced by the horns.  Females do not have horns.

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