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  • Eastern Hercules Beetle - (Dynastes tityus)

    Eastern Hercules Beetle - (Dynastes tityus)

    The speckled and horned Eastern Hercules Beetle is a Scarab Beetle that is as strong and as large as a rhino (in the beetle world).

    Staff Writer (8/16/2017): This massive beetle can be found in hardwood forests in the Eastern U.S.. Despite their immense size and heft, they can fly very well. As members of the Rhinoceros beetle family, males have two horn-like pincers on their head, while females lack them. They are likely used in battle with other males over territory. Both genders are a creamy, yellowish color, but their color can darken when they are fully hydrated and fed.

    Larvae eat decaying wood from a variety of dead trees: pines, oak, maples and more. They take 2 years to become adults, pupating inside the rotted tree in a protective cell made of soil and their own feces. The larvae finish pupating in autumn, but stay inside the tree until warmer temperatures come in the spring. Adults are attracted to rotting fruits, tree sap and lights at night.

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    Eastern Hercules Beetle

    Category: Beetle
    Common name: Eastern Hercules Beetle
    Scientific Name: Dynastes tityus

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Coleoptera
          Family: Scarabaeidae
           Genus: Dynastes
            Species: tityus

    Size (Adult, Length): 40mm to 60mm (1.57in to 2.36in)

    Identifying Colors: ivory; black; beige; tan; brown

    Additional Descriptors: horn, pointy, helmet, spike, nose

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Indiana; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Mississippi; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia; West Virginia

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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