What is this beetle from Kentucky????

Started Jul 16, 2013 | Discussions thread
Carmen13 Regular Member • Posts: 257
Re: What is this beetle from Kentucky????

It looks like a Billborneus Kentuckiusto me. 

I was going to say some kind of stag beetle, but after looking around a bit I'm not so sure.  It doesn't have the huge "antlers," but I guess the female of the species doesn't.  There's some pictures on the web that look real close if you search for "female stag beetle."  The legs look a little different, but it almost looks like part of her leg is laying off to the left in your picture...if you were to glue it back on it might be a closer match.    Might've been an antenna, though.

Great shot by the way.  I'm fascinated by the golf ball dimpled texture of her shell.  Close up pictures don't make me any more keen to cuddle up to insects, but you can't look at pictures like this and not be a little amazed by them.

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