My parents are always sending me photos of the wonderful critters in and around their house in Maryland. Here is their latest submission--a beetle found in the basement:
(photo by Nile and Katy Oldham)
I'm going to take a stab that this is an Eastern Hercules Beetle (Dynastes tityus)! This must be a female, because the males have 3 horns on their heads (which you can see here) while the females have no horns. These guys are in the Rhinoceros Beetle subfamily of the Scarab Beetle family--the beetles in this group are generally large! The Eastern Hercules Beetle is a detritivore; as a grub, it feeds on rotting plant animal matter on the ground. As an adult, its diet is supposedly not well known. What a beautiful gal this is!