Tile Horned Prionus swatted with fly swatter!!!

Subject: Large flying beetle
Location: Somerset Kentucky
July 27, 2012 11:57 pm
So my friend posts this picture of a beetle that was in hot pursuit of her and that she killed with a fly swatter. She said it made a busy noise and as you can see from the picture it has long feather like antennae and pincers. To me it looks like half moth half beetle. Identifying it would be a great help.
Signature: Egads!

Tile Horned Prionus Carnage

Dear Egads!,
This magnificent beetle is a Tile Horned Prionus, a male judging by the antennae.  The larvae feed on rotting wood, especially roots and males are frequently attracted to lights, which is most likely how this individual found itself indoors and the victim of Unnecessary Carnage.  Alas, because of their large size, Tile Horned Prionus are frequently killed unnecessarily.

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