Have you seen this beetle?

Giant mystery beetle
Giant mystery beetle outside CBS42 studios

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) - CBS42′s Kaitlin McCulley found this giant mystery bug crawling around outside the CBS42 newsroom. It looks like a kind of large beetle, approximately 1-2″ long, with dark spots on its back.

Giant mystery beetle
Giant mystery beetle outside CBS42 studios

Amateur entomologists: Do you know what kind of beetle this is?

Have you seen any of these giant beetles in your area?

 

UPDATE: Many thanks to CBS42 Facebook Fan Lou Cypher, who tells us this is an Eastern Hercules Beetle. What an appropriate name for this insect!

More info on the Eastern Hercules Beetle: http://bugguide.net/node/view/4461

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