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Colorado Springs, Colorado: Herkimer: World's Largest Beetle Team Field Report

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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Hercules Beetle.

Herkimer: World's Largest Beetle

A big Hercules beetle nicknamed "Herkimer" draws traffic to a museum of bugs. Built in 1949; restored in 2022. Report...

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Hercules Beetle.

Herkimer: World's Largest Beetle

The Beetle is behind a barbed wire fence. You can get close, but you can't get in front. Be careful climbing the hill, because it's covered with ground cactus.

[Steve Braun, 02/25/2023]


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]

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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Starr Kempf's Metal SculpturesStarr Kempf's Metal Sculptures, Colorado Springs, CO - 6 mi.
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Big Chair, Built for Sitting, Woodland Park, CO - 24 mi.

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