Location: Arabela, New Mexico
July 29, 2015 9:54 am
Can you identify this beetle?
Signature: bug man
This is a female Ox Beetle in the genus Strategus, and though there are several species pictured on BugGuide, we believe this is most likely Strategus aloeus based on both the listed range and this image of a female pictured on BugGuide. We must say we were terribly amused by your image titled “Beetle Butt” because most folks would be inclined to include an image of the head of a beetle they wanted identified. Perhaps because of the proximity to the letters G and T on the keyboard, we seem to regularly receive requests from folks who want “buts” identified, but in your case, you really did want a butt identified.
Thanks for your prompt reply, Daniel! So happy to know what she is. Your email made me giggle; thanks.
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