My Kids Captured a Beetle
May 14, 2010
My kids watched this little guy cross the street for about 20 minutes. Then we caught it and took a picture, and I can’t quite figure out what it is. Dung Beetle? Rain Beetle? Scavenger Beetle? Hope you can help us!
Jill, Asher & Jacob
Chapel Hill, NC
Hi Jill, Asher and Jacob,
This sure looks like a female Rhinoceros Beetle, Xyloryctes jamaicensis, to us, but though your location is firmly in the range, your sighting is quite early, but at least a month. We know that spring came early this year, and this May sighting may be connected to the unusually warm spring. BugGuide has some photos for comparison. Because we often harbor a bit of doubt with our identifications, we will confirm this with Eric Eaton.
Eric Eaton Agrees
Pretty certain you are correct on this one, but you might still consult someone like Art Evans. I haven’t spent any time on the Atlantic seaboard myself….