This is Gremlin
He's a cottonwood borer, native to my state of Kansas. The adults eat the leaves of cottonwoods, but the larvae burrow into the tree itself and if they become too plentiful, they can kill entire trees. I found him in my backyard this spring and when my mom found out what it was, she forbade me from releasing it since we have a bunch of cottonwoods and she didn't want it breeding. His name (Gremlin) has to do with an inside joke I won't take the time to explain, ha ha.
I kept him all summer and just before I went out of state, he died of old age since these guys don't have very long life spans. While he was still pretty "fresh" I took a piece of cardboard and carefully arranged pins to support him in this natural standing position (I did NOT pin through him!). It took forever ._. But I'm happy with how he came out. He dried while I was gone and is almost totally flawless. The only problem is that the front left leg kind of "escaped" the pins and fell in forward a bit. You don't really notice it unless you look at it head-on, so I don't mind. The rest of him is perfect. Even his antennae are totally intact. It's a natural standing position and he still looks like he could almost be alive, ready to go walking across the table.
And man, this guy is HUGE! If I remember right, cottonwood borers are the largest species of beetle in the midwest. I used a penny and also my hand to show how big he is.
I just love micro-projects like this. I am currently working on a mouse skeleton
It'll hopefully be done within the next week or so. It's already in the hydrogen peroxide stage and is sitting right in front of me right now.