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Subject: What is this
Location: Boston, ma
July 16, 2016 5:58 pm
A beetle? Boston, July 176
Signature: T jones

Male Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

Male Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

Dear T jones,
Yours is the sixth image of a Reddish Brown Stag Beetle we have posted this year since June, so we have the species featured on our scrolling site banner.

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Subject: What’s this?
Location: Midwest
July 14, 2016 7:18 pm
Found this bug dead on my front porch wondering what is this?
Signature: Any

Male Stag Beetle

Male Stag Beetle

Dear Any,
This is a male Stag Beetle, probably a Reddish Brown Stag Beetle,
Lucanus capreolus.

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Subject: Crab Be USAetle/Pseudoscorpion?
Location: Roswell, Georgia USA
July 11, 2016 7:32 am
Hi! This little guy was on my patio yesterday. I saw one other just like it years ago. I can’t quite find it in all the images around. I thought maybe a pseudoscorpion but this guy was well over an inch big. I’m really curious what it is.
Thanks!
Signature: Paula Farbolin

Giant Stag Beetle

Giant Stag Beetle

Dear Paula,
This beauty is a male Giant Stag Beetle.  They are attracted to lights.

Wow.  Thanks!  How can you tell it’s a male?  (Yes, I realize I am opening the door to some mischief here).

Males have the impressive, mandibles that resemble a stag’s antlers.  Females, like this individual posted to BugGuide, lack the oversized mandibles.

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Subject: What specie of Beetle is this?
Location: Work yard
July 10, 2016 3:51 pm
Dear, Bugman
I was at work wen i noticed this big bug t first i thought it was a hornet but it till i relised it was a lot bigger that i wassnt so i took a snap of the bug and it looks to be a beetle if this is a bettle what type of beetle is this as i am from the uk and i never thought we had any.
Signature: Yours faithly Tiarone Trimmer

Stag Beetle

Stag Beetle

Where is the work yard?  Zimbabwe?  Belize??  Other???

Ed. Note:  The location field in our standard form is meant to give us a general indication of where in the world the sighting occurred.  Locations like “bathroom” or “work yard” are not very helpful.  As most of our identification requests from May through October come from North America, we suspect this is case with this Stag Beetle, which we identified to the family level because of the shape of the antennae, which is illustrated on the BugGuide site.  Most of the head is obscured by what appears to be a spider web.  Though Tiarone has indicated “i am from the uk” there is no indication that the sighting occurred there.  If this is a North American sighting, it might be Lucanus placidus which is pictured on BugGuide.

 

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Subject: Big ugly bug
Location: West Tennessee
July 8, 2016 12:53 am
I came home from work tonight to find this beetle hanging out on my deck railing. What the heck is it? I’ve never seen one quite like it. I’d have gotten a better photo, but I was afraid of irritating it with my flash and I really didn’t want it to chase after me in the middle of the night.
Signature: Sally

Giant Stag Beetle

Giant Stag Beetle

Dear Sally,
Though we have already posted four images of the related Reddish-Brown Stag Beetle this year, your submission is the first image we are posting this year of the much more impressive male Giant Stag Beetle,
Lucanus elaphus.  Those formidable mandibles are used by battling males who are competing for mates, and they pose no threat to humans.

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Ed. Note:  July 7, 2016
Summer is here and we are getting numerous submissions of large Beetles from North America, including the impressive Brownish-Red Stag Beetle

Subject: What is this scary thing?
Location: Northeast PA
July 6, 2016 7:01 pm
Hi, I found this on my porch in Northeast PA. Any ideas on what it is?
Signature: Jennifer

Brownish Red Stag Beetle

Reddish-Brown Stag Beetle

Dear Jennifer,
This is a male Reddish-Brown Stag Beetle,
Lucanus capreolus, and it is the fourth submission of this species we have posted in just over a week.  We suspect it was attracted to your porch light.  According to BugGuide:  “Males use mandibles to fight at breeding sites.”

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