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I have these beetles in my yard in Central Florida and wondered if you could help me with identifying them so I can get rid of them? I’d appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks,
Gloria

Hi Gloria,
These are Ox Beetles in the genus Strategus, probably Strategus antaeus. We do not give extermination advice.

Comment: (07/02/2008)
Dear Gloria,
The Ox beetles are one kind of Scarab beetles, also known as Rhinoceras beetles. In Ancient Egypt the Scarab was highly venerated as a manifestation of the Sun God Ra; they symbolized resurrection. These beetles are completely harmless to people. If you can find it in your heart to share your garden with them, that would be great. These beetles are native to the US including Florida. They are not an introduced species and should not be regarded as a “pest” species.
Susan

Beetle from Missouri Ozarks area
Dear Bugman,
Could you help me identify this beautiful beetle that I found on my deck last night? While browsing your site (which I love by the way) I noticed it looked like the Hercules beetles you show but without the horn. Is it a female maybe? Also I would like to know if it flies. Whatever help you can give would be appreciated. By the way, it’s not dead, but just sitting and posing prettily for the pictures. I just released it this morning after showing the kids what it looked like and after 2 hours it still hasn’t left my deck railing. Thank you
Dawn

Hi Dawn,
You are absolutely correct. This is a female Eastern Hercules Beetle, Dynastes tityus. Both males and females fly.

What’s this jaunty fellows name?
Found him on a cluster of white flowers, dragging his back legs behind him as he browsed. Nice sunny day, middle of June in northwest Georgia.

Your beetle is a Delta Flower Scarab, Trigonopeltastes delta. The Delta refers to the letter of the Greek alphabet, and the similarity of the markings on the pronotum to the letter.

Hercules Beetle
I found this late tonight in a parking lot when it flew from the darkness and latched onto my shoe. He has a mighty grip! I live in Georgia just northeast of Atlanta. Love your site! Thanks!
Travis

hi Travis,
Thanks for sending us your photo of a male Eastern Hercules Beetle, Dynastes tityus.

large pale yellow beetle and some kind of yellow hairy fly?
the beetle was approximately 1.5 – 2 inches long, very very round. pale yellow with sparingly placed black dot’s . the fly was very small less than an inch long, and as seen in the picture had a long needle with which to feed? it was also quite hairy course hair. and yellow anyway i would like to know if possible the species name and any sites containing more info. thanks for you time.
Josh Huling
P.S. I have a large amount of quality insect/bug/arachnid shot’s if ever you need any(for free) please feel free to ask. I have a couple more photo’s I would like to share and learn info about. but I don’t want to bog you any more than you most likely are already

Hi Josh,
Your beetle is a Grapevine Beetle, Pelidnota punctata. Adults feed on the foliage of grapes. You can get more information on the Grapevine Beetle on BugGuide. You can also search our archives with our search engine or peruse our 18 beetle pages for past submissions to our own site. Your fly is a Bee Fly, probably the Greater Bee Fly, Bombylius major. Once again, you cas search BugGuide and our own archives for more photos and information.

Batman Beetle 🙂
Dear Bugman,
I live in Houston, TX. I found this little guy on the window screen when I came from work today (June 13, 2008). It’s the season for June Bugs down here, but I’ve never seen one of these before. His coloring was a much brighter yellow in person, though you can’t really tell from the picture. I thought you might find him interesting. My mother and I both think he looks like he’s got Batman there on his hind end. 🙂 What is this little guy?
Jen

Hi Jen,
This lovely beetle is a Harlequin Flower Beetle, Gymnetis flavomarginata. We found images on BugGuide, also sent from Texas. We found another website that indicates there are only a few species from the genus in the U.S. and most are tropical. Though related to June Beetles, the Harlequin Flower Beetle is one of the Fruit and Flower Chafers in the subfamily Cetoniinae that includes the Green Fruit Beetle or Figeater.