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Subject:  Can you identify this beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Central FL
Date: 10/10/2017
Time: 01:05 PM EDT
I found this bug coming out of my bathroom wall. Obviously now I know I have a rotten place near my shower. Can you tell me anything about this beetle and if I may have more where he came from?
How you want your letter signed:  Laura

Triceratops Beetle

Dear Laura,
After some searching on BugGuide, we believe we have correctly identified your Rhinoceros Beetle as
Phileurus truncatus, the Triceratops Beetle.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults come to lights. Larvae in rotten logs, esp. oaks. Adults can live up to two years in captivity.”  BugGuide also notes:  “Woodlands. Adults have been reported causing cabin fires by coming down chimneys, presumably attracted to fireplace smoke and spreading embers.”  According to Arthur V. Evans’ site Beetles of Eastern North America:  “The larvae probably feed on decomposing wood and its associate fungi, while the adults are known to prey on insects and are attracted to lights at night.”

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

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