Thanks for a great site!
Hey Bugdude!
After unsuccessfully searching Google images and several websites to identify this beefy dude (painful over a modem…), you came to my rescue. I believe this may be either a Unicorn or a Hercules beetle? Found him legs up on my roof in rural northwest SC. Love your website, and since I’m from CA and am not familiar with the local fauna, will now refer back to it frequently to find out whether the buggies get to listen to me jabber at them or feel the wrath of my vengeful heel (The latter may be preferred over the former, since most seem to flee after the first "Hello, Mr. Insert-generic-bug-name-here." Word gets around these rural small towns rather quickly…). Your tips on what these insects eat and their preferred habitats make it easier for me to relocate them to the proper environs if necessary.
Thanks mucho,

Hi Mike,
We have heard this guy called both the Hercules Beetle and the Unicorn Beetle, but to be safe, we could go scientific and call it Dynastes tityus. We sympathize with your modem searching, but imagine trying to upload What’s That Bug? on dial-up. That is our excuse for answering so slowly when we have 100’s of letters.

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what type of earwig is this?
Not knowing the first things about insects other than I see them everyday, this one caught my attention for some reason. After reading little about insects and more specifically earwigs within the past hour I was even more intrigued by this little guy. I read that they are nocturnal and look for dark moist areas to rest in during the day. When in fact this guy was actively pursuing another (live) bug in the hot south texas sun. The temperature is about 95 degrees and the sun is bearing down making the walkways a hundred plus. What was he doing “hunting” in the middle of the morning? Even more, what was he doing up in the hot sun? I also couldn’t help but notice that in comparison to all the artistic renderings as well as photos of earwigs, this guy is a little different. his circi (word I just learned by the way) is exceptionally longer and larger than any photo I have found. The tip is also different in that he has “hooks” at the end. This said, I was hoping you could help me identify this particular earwig. He is every bit 2″ in total length. Maybe he is a Texas Earwig. Little humor there. Thanks in advance for your response. If the pic does not open just throw a .jpg at the end. Sometimes my mac is contrary sending files to others. Thanks,
Andrew Harris

Hi Andrew,
When we need a real expert, we just write to Eric Eaton. He was very excited about your image and would like to see it posted on BugGuide, if you don’t mind. Here is his reply: ” Wow! Stupendous image of a linear earwig, Doru lineare. We could use this image on bugguide if the contributor wants to share. Very cool. “

Strange bug
I have seen this particular bug in my house two times so far, I can’t seem to find out what it is. This is probably not a very good picture, if I see it again I’ll try to take a better one. It has two spots near the top of the head that glow green when it feels threatened. Thanks for any help.

Hi Wendy,
Your Fire Beetle is one of the Click Beetles from the Family Elateridae, also known as Spring Beetles, Snapping Bugs or Skipjacks (according to Dillon and Dillon) because of a strange habit they have when they find themselves on their backs. The body is bent and then snapped and the beetle flips into the air, hopefully landing on its feet. It will continue trying until it is upright. Some Southern species have luminous maculae (colored spots of relatively large size) and some larvae are also luminous. More specifically, your Fire Beetle is in the genus Pyrophorus. According to the Audubon Guide adults eat pollen and small insects such as aphids and scale insects. Larva are omniverous. Adults are active for a few weeks in May in Florida and late June in the Southwest. “Tropical members of this genus, up to 2 inches long, are known as Cucujos and often caught and worn as a luminous decoration by partygoers. If one beetle is held in the fingers and placed on a newspaper in a darkened room, it can supply enough light to read the print near the insect.”

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Help with an ID please?
I’ve looked at all the pictures on your site, as well and scoured the internet for the last 2 hours, but I am unable to find any photos of beetles that look like the one I’ve attached. I am in Palm Harbor, FL and met this rather buly bugger which I instantly named "Whole COW that’s a big Beetle" If you can tell me the name of it, I would be so happy! I’m a huge research freak and it drive me crazy when I can’t find what I’m looking for HA HA
Thank you in advance,

Hi Heather,
After consulting with Eric Eaton, I’ve got a name for you, Strategus antaeus, but not much information. This is one of the larger native scarabs. Eric says: “Yes, this image is definitely Strategus, probably a “minor” male without well-developed horns.”

Iridescent Beetle?
I found this beetle high up on a plateau near Rock Creek BC. I thought the iridescent greem covering the abdomen an wing casing was beautiful. However, I don’t know what kind of insect it is?
Rick Hartnell

Hi Rick,
We checked with Eric Eaton to get an actual species identification on your Blister Beetles. He quickly responded: “I’m envious. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and never once saw these guys! These are indeed blister beetles, probably Lytta cyanipennis. Blister beetles are very LOCALLY abundant, for very short periods, so the person is lucky to have encountered them. Just don’t grab one, as they will live up to their name by leaving blisters on sensitive areas of your skin.”

Could you please identify this for me?
I found this spider in my bathroom. I live in North Bay, Ontario, Canada in a mixed decidous forest, predominately Maple trees. My house is located near but not on a lake. If you could identify it for me I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you,
Sam Hornell

Hi Sam,
I guess your Fishing Spider, Dolomedes species, found itself too far from the lake and decided to try fishing in the bathroom.