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