What is this HUGE beetle??
June 29, 2010
My husband and I were freaked out to find this beetle flying around our living room. We trapped it and let it go outback, but before it flew off I was able to snap some photos… I thought it might be a female Hercules Beetle, but the spots throw me off. What do you think it is??
Your beetle is a Grapevine Beetle, Pelidnota punctata. Like the Hercules Beetles, it is in the family Scarabaeidae, but it is subcategorized as a Shining Leaf Chafer in the subfamily Rutelinae. The species name, “punctata” means “spotted” according to BugGuide.
Thanks!! I did some more searching last night and finally found it, but you just confirmed it for me!!