Dark Female Eastern Hercules Beetle

Subject:  Big weird-looking bug
Geographic location of the bug:  United States East Tennessee
Date: 08/01/2018
Time: 02:37 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I thought this to be a female rhinoceros beetle but I’m not very sure.
How you want your letter signed:  However you want to sign it

Female Eastern Hercules Beetle

This is indeed a female Eastern Hercules Beetle, and we have examples of dark individuals here and here in our own archives.  BugGuide also has images of dark individuals, and according to BugGuide:  “Huge size, greenish elytra with variable amounts of dark spots. Some are nearly black.”

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