Ox Beetle Grub (probably Strategus sp.)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Ox Beetle Grub (probably Strategus sp.)

I suspect my English setter girl dug up this large, beefy larva and now ants are attacking it.

 

“…they serve a vital role of recycling organic matter.”  Another reason to avoid using chemical grub control.

Learn: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-44_ox_or_elephant_beetle.htm

One of the Scarabs; Rhinoceros Beetles (Dynastinae) is the subfamily. https://bugguide.net/node/view/6277

Some people raise these.  “Adults will eat apple slices and many other types of fruit. Grubs eat rotten wood and composted vegetation.” (source: https://web.archive.org/web/20100920225147/http://www.beetle-experience.com/care-aloeusl.htm

Adult photos of Strategus aloeus: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/ox-beetle-strategus-aloeus/

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