Location: Spencer, TN
October 13, 2010 6:02 pm
First of all, I LOVE your website. I came across it about three years ago, and it has been quite useful for me in identifying the House Centipede, the Micrathena Spider, the female Velvet Ant, the female Dobsonfly, and most recently (today) the Bess Beetle. I went camping last weekend and found this ’little’ guy on our firewood. I quickly scooped him into a box and put him on a tree away from the campsites (and away from people). Of course I took a couple photos before letting him go on his way, so I have two photos for you. One with him next to my hand for size comparison (I have long hands, so he was right at 1.5 inches), and another close-up in front of his face. Enjoy!
Thanks for your kind letter. We love Bess Beetles, also known as Patent Leather Beetles, because of their complex family structures where the larvae are cared for by the adults. We wish we were not late for work or we would elaborate more on this posting. We hope our readership will search for Bess Beetle postings in our archive to read more about these fascinating social insects.