When I first saw this giant beetle, I was a little nauseated. At first glance, I thought, "Cockroach!" Then I remembered we don't have a lot of wild giant cockroaches in the Pacific NW. Then I thought, "Aghgh! Giant Beetle!" That was troubling too. The boys were fascinated.
I'm guessing as to what beetle this is. There are lots of possibilities, apparently half the insect population are beetles. Maybe the ground beetle? Any thoughts? I did read that ground beetles eat moths, so now I quite like him. He was transplanted safely to the forest.