What’s this Bug?
April 26, 2010
We are trying to identify this beetle that flew by us the other night and landed close by. Never seen one like this and do they bite? Thanks.
Port Aransas, Texas
This is an Ox Beetle in the genus Strategus, but there are several species in Texas and we are not certain which species you have. You can see images of several species on BugGuide. We believe this is a lesser male without the fully developed horns generally seen in males. Perhaps one of our readers will be able to assist us with the species identification.
Eric Eaton makes a Correction
This is not an “ox beetle,” but something much more interesting. I believe it is a member of this genus:
and I really hope the person will post their image at Bugguide, too. There is a strong chance one of the scarab experts there will recognize it. Might be a new species for Bugguide, or even a new species to science. These subterranean scarabs are not often seen.
EricThanks so much for the correction Eric. The thought of an Earth Boring Dung Beetle never crossed our mind. There is a photo of a pair on BugGuide, indicating that this specimen is a male.