Subject: BIG bug!
Location: Gamkaskloof (Swartberg), Western Cape
February 26, 2017 9:18 am
What exactly is this large beetle with big pincers please?
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This is a Root Borer in the subfamily Prioninae, and we believe that based on images posted to iSpot, Anthracocentrus capensis is a likely species identification. A note on iSpot states: “In case you may miss some scale in this picture, this is an enormous beetle in excess of 80mm long, and one of the very largest beetles in southern Africa. The individual here is a female; the male bears even considerably longer mandibles (“jaws”).” There is a nice comparison image showing the male and female on Prioninae.org.