Subject: Triceratops Beetle?
Location: Western Virginia
July 2, 2017 6:31 pm
Hi guys,
This beetle was on the front walk this evening. I think it is a Triceratops Beetle, but I am not sure.
What do you think?
John O’Neil
Signature: John

Hermit Beetle

Dear John,
This is not a Triceratops Beetle.  It is a Hermit Beetle,
Osmoderma eremicola, based on images posted to BugGuide.  Did you detect the smell of leather when observing it.  According to BugGuide, it is also called Odor of Leather Beetle:  “for strong odor of ‘Russian Leather'”.

Hermit Beetle

Hi Daniel,
Thanks for the identification.  I did not detect a leather odor, but that may be because there was a lingering skunk odor from the previous night.

Odor of Leather Beetle

Location: Western Virginia

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