Asked July 18, 2013, 4:13 PM EDT

According to the information we read on a website that we have read there are only two recorded beetles in the state of Florida. I do not know if this is true or not; however, we have found one in our backyard. We live in the state of Fl., in Niceville, Fl, which is located in the Panhandle approximatley 5 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. I am not 100% sure, but according to the info, they are found in forests. My question is .....We live next to the Eglin AirForce Base reservation. They have just recently put a by-pass 1 mile down the street about 2 years ago, and they had to remove all of the forest area in order to do so. Could they have come from the area that was removed and moved into an urban area? If so, are they dangerous to domesticated animals, yards, etc? The beetle we have in posession is fully in tact and about 1 1/2" long, all legs attached, and is lime green in color with black spots. Just Curious....................

Okaloosa County Florida

Expert Response

wile the Hercules beetles is big and impressive, it is not common enough to represent a threat to the landscape.  If it was to contact people or pets, it's bite could hurt, but it is more likely that its appearance would scare away most people form contacting it.   There may be a relationship to the construction and the appearance of this beetle, or maybe not.

The Okaloosa County Master Gardeners can give you additional assistance should you require it. Their office is located at 3098 Airport Road in
Crestview, FL  32539, telephone # is 
(850) 689-5850.

Daniel Culbert Replied July 26, 2013, 11:39 AM EDT

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