This massive beetle can be found in hardwood forests in the eastern United States. 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 with black dots that look like droplets. Their overall color can darken when they are fully hydrated and fed.
Larvae eat decaying wood from a variety of dead trees like pines, oak, maples and others. They grow for 2 years before becoming mature adults, pupating inside a 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 return in the spring. Adults are attracted to rotting fruits, tree sap and lights at night.
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Eastern Hercules Beetle may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Eastern Hercules Beetle. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.