Large yellow beetle
Location:  lake city,south carolina
August 9, 2010 5:58 pm
Found this large beetle on my door this morning. It has a strong verticle mandible…not really visible on this photo. Want to think it is a scarab beetle, but which one? Please help as I must release him but where? Help…he is beautiful, about 1 1/2” long.
Thanks, Ellen

Male Eastern Hercules Beetle

Hi Ellen,
Your beautiful beetle is a scarab known as an Eastern Hercules Beetle,
Dynastes tityus, one of the Rhinoceros Beetles in the subfamily Dynastinae, and it is a male.  Females lack the horns.  Large males are considered the heaviest North American beetles.

Thank you so very much Daniel!  I am releasing him in a quiet pine wood. Good Karma to you.

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