male Eastern Hercules Beetle-maybe?
July 6, 2010
We found this beetle on the ground in a natural area in our backyard. He was just sitting there, not moving. We don’t know if he is dead or if an exoskeleton would even look like this. Looking around your great site we think it may be a male Eastern Hercules Beetle. It was found in June of this year. We are really curious what state it is in…is it real and dead or (hopefully) alive and this is just his old skin?
Can’t sleep until we know!
Dear Sleepless in Charlotte,
Your identification of this male Eastern Hercules Beetle, Dynastes tityus, is correct. It appears to have died. The final molt when the beetle becomes an adult happens in the rotting wood where the larva developed. The length of the horns of the male Eastern Hercules Beetles vary considerably from individual to individual and your individual has smaller horns than most.