Female Hercules Beetle

Beetle found in Georgia
We live just outside of Atlanta, GA and found this beetle on our porch this morning. I have never seen anything this big, anywhere. I should have inserted something for perspective, but it is about two inches long. I looked on the web, and saw one site that said the largest beetle found in Georgia was only about an inch long. Anyway, can you tell me what it is? Thanks,
Travis Hopper

Hi Travis,
This is a female Hercules Beetle, Dynastes tityus. Don’t believe everything you read on the WWW because anyone can have a website. We have had errors brought to our attention numerous times, perhaps more than we would like to admit. According to BugGuide, this species grows to 60mm, well over 2 inches. Horned males are generally larger.

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