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Hey! So I live in New York state (Rochester) and just got into beetles! There are a few beetles that can be found in NY that I want to look for next Spring. Just was wondering how/where/when. The beetles I am looking for are : Eastern Hercules, Earth Boring Scarab, Giant Stag, Rainbow Scarab, Rhino, Stag. Only thing I have found are Scarites Ground Beetles. Any help is appreciated!

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Most of the species you mentioned can be found in rotting hardwood logs. The exception, of course, is the dung beetles, which eat dung. To find a rhinoceros or stag beetle, I would suggest finding old, soft, well-decayed logs. Then, (with the landowner's permission) roll the logs and look under them, take a few pieces of bark off, and break it at places where the bark easily gives way. Try not to destroy the entire log as other animals may be living in the log that you can't see. For dung beetles, I have heard that one of the best ways to find Them is to go to a farm and turn over horse or cow dung. 

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