Longhorn Beetles are popular among the insect chasing breed. They are big and showy. They can be damaging to specific tree species. This guy was huge. Flew around like he owned the place. And my favorite beetle email source did identify it for me and then I forgot. Oh well. It is very close to Plinthocoelium. There are, unfortunately, a huge number of longhorns.

Megacyllene decora, which is also known as, well, Megacyllene decora. A common problem with the beetles. Though it is a Sunflower lover apparently. It was hanging out on these giant stalks of Phragmites when I found it. Perhaps it was lost.

Yes, this one actually has a common name. It is the Cottonwood Borer. Presumably this is appropriate because it bores Cottonwood. Mechanically, not verbally, we must also assume. The scientific name is impressive: Plectrodera scalator. This one buzzed off a bush (not far from Cottonwoods) and landed on my left shoulder just out of my peripheral vision. I danced around in a panic and flung this monster off. Then I saw it. It is considered a pest of Cottonwood and Willow. Apparently common in the south, though I don't remember ever seeing it before. I must pay more attention.

Unmistakable monster in the east. This is the Eastern Hercules Beetle, Dynastes tityus. They are giant scarabs basically. Flew onto my porch in July. I missed the flight, which must be something. Impressively strong and strong-willed. The largest beetle in our part of the world.

The face of the same beast. Love that red hair that lines the horn and the face.

The face of a different large beetle that came to the same lights on my porch. This is Strategus anteus. Also a Rhino, the triceratops form.