Dynastes granti - Western Hercules Beetle
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2006

One of the heaviest north american beetles is the hercules beetle, Dynastes granti, whose males can reach several inches in length.

USA AZ Cochise Co.: Chiricahua Mountain Foothills, 31º58'N 109º20'W 1650m. 16.viii.2006.
Riparian forest, ex Fraxinus.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro USM lens.