Does anyone here like beetles or entomology? I like keeping beetles as pets and observing them. Unfortunately, the government has made it illegal to own live nonnative beetles Beetles are extremely popular as pets in asia, particularly japan. There are whole stores devoted to beetles, and most department stores sell beetles. Many children love keeping beetles, and beetle catching is a popular father son activity. Beetles make great pets! If you don't know much about beetles, here are some things to google: My favorite beetle allomyrina dichotoma, the king of hercules beetles dynastes hercules, and an amazing stag beetle, the girrafe stag beetle. Some cool native beetles are Dynastes Granti, Dynastes Tityus, Lucanus elephas, lucanus mazama, and lucanus caproleus.
Come to think of it, when I was in middle school we had Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches as class pets and I thought they were cool. I brought a wood beetle to school for showing tell. Does this qualify me as liking beetles? LOL
As for bugs, they are lots of fun. Beetles, walking sticks, praying mantis (remind me of cats), cicadas (those loud summer bugs that hibernate for years), crickets, luna moths, butterflys, bumble bees... I love it when I find a bug that has fur, just like a mammal! Some male moths are quite furry. Look like little winged lions!
Did it have any horns or large mandibles? My first thoughts would be lucanus elephas or dynastes tityus (Well hydrated adults can be mostly black), so you should check out those. Who knows, it could have been a new or understudied species. The majority of beetles aren't studied very well, and most people can find a new species in a week or two.