Female Hercules Beetle

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

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

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