Hercules Beetle.

Herkimer, the World's Largest Beetle

Field review by the editors.

Colorado Springs, Colorado

The world's largest beetle -- a monster-sized West Indian Hercules Beetle nicknamed "Herkimer" -- was built in the mid-1950s as a roadside eye-grabber for the not-otherwise-visible May Museum of the Tropics. A real bug this size would inspire terror, but over the years this replica has been vandalized with graffiti and had its legs ripped off. It's now repaired and repainted, but close inspection reveals the wear and tear of time: skin cracking at the joints, legs held in place by wrapped wire. It stands behind a barbed wire-topped fence hung with signs that warn of 24/7 video surveillance.

Hercules Beetle.

The beetle achieved immortality when it was moved, along with the museum, to Weeki Wachee Springs in Florida. The moment was preserved in one of the best vintage postcards ever, with Florida bathing beauties (probably off-duty Weeki Wachee mermaids) languidly draped around the Big Bug, seemingly oblivious to its gam-crunching mandibles (although our knowledge of beetle anatomy, is at best, fuzzy).

The Florida museum closed in the early 1960s and the beetle was returned to its current spot. It has faithfully served as a directional sign ever since, no doubt waiting for a freak solar burst or radioactive cloud to bring it life so that it can wreak bug havoc on its next unlucky tormentor.

Herkimer, the World's Largest Beetle

710 Rock Canyon Rd, Colorado Springs, CO
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. Herkimer is at the corner of Hwy 115 and Rock Canyon Rd.
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Nearby Offbeat Places

May Natural History Museum of the TropicsMay Natural History Museum of the Tropics, Colorado Springs, CO - < 1 mi.
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