November 15, 2009
This bug carcass was found yesterday as is, head and thorax missing. It was in the mulch of a large planter containing a small tree. I have never seen a bug as big as this in my area, living or dead before. I wish I could have seen a live one. Date found 11.14.09.
Fairfax, Virginia (Washington DC suburbs)
This is a decapitated Eastern Hercules Beetle, Dynastes tityus. Usually, if a predator like a bird happens to capture a beetle like this, it will eat the body where all the fatty nourishment is, and leave the head. This is a mysterious death. We posted a photo of a decapitated head of an Eastern Hercules Beetle several years ago.