Dynastes tityus

Hercules Beetle

Hercules Beetle male photo, Dynastes tityus


Family: Scarabaeidae

Subfamily: Dynastinae

Length: 40-60 mm


Dynastes tityus is among the longest and heaviest beetles found in the United States.

On both males and females, the pattern of spots is unique to each individual, with no two beetles just the same.

The Hercules Beetle is found primarily in the southeastern states. In West Virginia it is present but not common. It sometimes shows up at lights. The beetles shown here were photographed in West Virginia in July, August, and September.

Hercules Beetle, Dynastes tityus image

Left: This scrappy male bears the scars of battles with his rivals, with scratches on his back and a broken tip to his lower hornbut he is a survivor.


Hercules Beetle female, Dynastes tityus


Right: the female of Dynastes tityus lacks the impressive horns of the male, but is otherwise similar.

Insects of West Virginia