Bess Beetle

Jerusalem Beetle
Location: Lyndhurst, NJ
July 6, 2011 8:47 pm
I was visiting a friend a friend one night, and I almost made unnecessary carnage out of this little creature.
We promptly moved it out of harms way, and had a little photo shoot with it. I think I identified it correctly as a Jerusalem beetle or patent-leateher beetle.
I didn’t see to many photos of this beetle around the site so I wanted your input.
Thanks
Signature: Christina McGrath

Bess Beetle

Hi Christina,
You have correctly identified this as a Patent Leather Beetle, but we were not familiar with the name Jerusalem Beetle and we are curious where you found that name.  Beetles in the family Passalidae have many other common names including Bess Beetle, Betsy Beetle, Peg Beetle, Horn Beetle and Bess Bug.  These are fascinating creatures and they have the distinction of being one of the few beetles that actually care for their young.  Other beetles that are known to care for their young are Dung Beetles and Burying Beetles, though Bess Beetles have a more pronounced family bond and they actually appear to communicate audibly with one another.

When I was searching to identify it on the web, it brought me to this wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patent-leather_beetle I was not sure if it was accurate (as wikipedia is not a reliable source) that is why I submitted this to your site, which I adore by the way! Not a fan of touching bugs, but I love to look at them!
Thank You for your help!!!

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