The Bess Beetle coleoptera passalidae is a vocal relative of the scarab. Listen to the squeaking sound it makes when picked up. Found in rotten logs.

These large harmless bugs (Odontotaenius disjunctus) are very comical to observe and because they are so slow moving, a favorite of budding young entomologists. A fun "pet for a day"..... even for adults! Please put them back in their original home though so they can live out their lives doing what bugs do. (click on photographs to enlarge) Look closely at the beetle in the second photo to see my reflection ;0)
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