Photo 1: The Beetle I found, captured in a Mason Jar. Note domino outside of jar for size comparison.
Photo 2: Photo found online after identifying this beetle.
I went into my room to turn down the covers, fluffing pillows, turning on the AC ... preparing for bedtime ... when I found one of THESE (photo above) crawling on DadToCherubs' night table. It is every bit of 2" long. YIKES !!
And since I will likely have trouble getting to sleep now, I thought it might be fun to look it up. Plus I dragged 13yo Cherub 1 out of bed to SAVE dear ole' Mom ... so why not embrace an educational moment at midnight, right ?? HA !!
So .... this is what we know about HER:
"This is a female Eastern Hercules beetle, (Dynastes tityus; Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), probably one of the heaviest insects in the United States. The males have ‘horns’ protruding from their head and prothorax, and the larvae develop in punky rotting wood of dead trees, particularly deciduous hardwood species. Ed Saugstad, retired Entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV." (quoted directly from message board for Canadian Entomology Resources)
UPDATE: We figured out how this lady got inside ... one of the children thought it would be kind to open all of our bedroom windows so the room would be cool when we went to bed .... they even opened the one without a screen. YIKES !! (Atleast now we know how she came in - that might make it a little easier to sleep. HA !)