Colorado Springs, Colorado: Herkimer, the World's Largest Beetle

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Address:
Hwy 115, Colorado Springs, CO
Directions:
Southwest edge of the city. I-25 exit 135. Drive west (toward mountains) for two miles. Turn left (south) onto Hwy 115 and drive five miles. Look for the water tower on the left; the big beetle will be on the right.
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Hercules Beetle.

Herkimer, the World's Largest Beetle
A big Hercules beetle nicknamed "Herkimer" draws traffic to a museum of bugs. Roadsideamerica.com Report...

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Beetle.

World's Largest Beetle

The giant beetle now has a barbed wire fence around it and a sign stating CLOSED. This may refer to the bug or the May Museum, it is unclear which. The fence makes it hard for a close-up photo opportunity. But someone has put in a new, cindered parking area below the hill so that it is easier to park to access and view the bug.

[Sheri A, 04/20/2013]

The museum opens its regular hours on May 1st. The Beetle is always visible.

Hercules beetle.

May Museum of the Tropics - Hercules Beetle

Just south of Colorado Springs, there is a huge statue of a Hercules beetle at the entrance to this combination campground/insect museum/space museum. We spent the night at the campground overlooking the Rockies and toured the "bug" museum. Unfortunately the space museum will have to wait for our next trip.

[anon, 01/01/1998]

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