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Subject: very large beetle
Location: puerto vallarta, mexico
December 16, 2013 3:17 pm
I found this beetle while on vacation in puerto vallarta mexico
We were there november 30 to december 7 2013
The beetle was dark brown in color and very large in size
Do you have any idea what this is ?
Thank you
Signature: jackie

NOT a Christmas Beetle with Christmas Lights

NOT a Christmas Beetle with Christmas Lights

Dear Jackie,
This is some species of Scarab Beetle in the family Scarabaeidae, but we cannot say for certain which species.  It reminds us of a female Rhinoceros Beetle in the subfamily Dynastinae.  One possibility might be a female
Megasoma nogueirae which is pictured on The Generic Guide to New World Scarab Beetles.  We love your photo with the Christmas Lights.  There is a group of Australian Scarabs which put in their yearly appearance around the holidays (Southern Hemisphere summer) that are known as Christmas Beetles.  While we fully realize your individual is not a Christmas Beetle, we were nonetheless reminded that we will most likely begin getting photos of that group from down under in the near future.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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