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found this bug
Location: aberdeen, Mississippi
July 20, 2011 11:03 am
Hi there! I found tho bug on my moms farm in Aberdeen, Ms, on Monday. The ants were killing it at the time. I put it on a shelf outdoors for safe keeping…hope the ants didn’t find him! Do you have a four what this is. My cousin said it was a tick on steroids. Haha!
Signature: cindy christian

Head of a Male Tile Horned Prionus

Hi Cindy,
We frequently receive photos of the decapitated heads of large beetles.  This is a Tile Horned Prionus, and he is a male judging by the antennae.  Birds will eat the beetles, but discard the hard head that hasn’t much nutritional value.  The fat body contains all the calories needed by the bird.  Here is a link to a complete beetle from our archives.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Mississippi

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