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Subject: Bug project
Location: Wisconsin
August 25, 2015 1:29 pm
Hi there! My name is Jada and I am a highschool student in Wisconsin, for a summer project we had to collect and identify 25 insects and I am having trouble finding the name and classification for these three bugs, it would be great if you could help me out! If not that’s totally fine!
Signature: Thanks! Jada

Placid Stag Beetle image captured January 8, 2015

Placid Stag Beetle image captured January 8, 2015

Dear Jada,
We do have a policy that you should know about, but your communication is very polite and by our accounts, you should have already identified 22 insects for your project as you are only requesting assistance with three.  We will provide you with an identity for one and we will give you categories for the other two.
Were we your teacher, the first thing we would ask is “How could an image dated January 8, 2015 have been visually collected this summer?”  This is a female Stag Beetle in the genus
Lucanus, and after browsing BugGuide, we determined it to be a female Lucanus placidus based on the BugGuide description:  “Similar to L. capreolus, but much darker, elytra more punctate. Legs dark reddish brown, no light brown patches as in capreolus.”  Male Stag Beetles have much larger mandibles.  See this BugGuide image for comparison.  We are going to unofficially call this a Placid Stag Beetle based on the BugGuide definition:  “placidus – Latin for ‘smooth, pleasing.'”  Your other images are of a beetle and a true bug.  You can peruse our own archives or check BugGuide for the remaining two images.

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Subject: Bug in my kitchen
Location: Massachusetts
July 7, 2015 7:19 pm
Hi,
I found this bug in my kitchen at night. Please identify it to put my wife at ease. 😁
That’s a quarter next to it for size reference.
Thank you
Signature: Mike T

Stag Beetle

Stag Beetle

Dear Mike,
Though a nip might result if it is carelessly handled, this Stag Beetle is perfectly harmless.  It was most likely attracted by lights and it poses no threat to you or your home.

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Subject: Cottonwood Stag Beetles
Location: Lehi, Utah
June 29, 2015 12:36 pm
Hello! I came across your site while trying to identify (what I now know is) a Cottonwood Stag Beetle in Utah. I added my own comment to the topic on your site and saw you mention you’d be happy to receive photos by submitting them through this link, so here I am! I don’t know what you’d do with them, but I’m happy to share…
Signature: Jenny Jones

Cottonwood Stag Beetle

Cottonwood Stag Beetle

Dear Jenny,
We are a bit behind in posting identification requests, but we are thrilled to post your image of a Cottonwood Stag Beetle as we have received several recent comments, but no new images.

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Subject: What is it?
Location: Cowan Lake Ohio
July 4, 2015 8:22 pm
Saw this bad boy while camping in south central Ohio.
Signature: Help

Brownish Red Stag Beetle

Brownish Red Stag Beetle

Sightings of Brownish Red Stag Beetles are especially numerous this year.

 

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Subject: Can you help me to identify this insect?
Location: Philadelphia PA (Mt. Airy)
July 3, 2015 9:38 am
Hello Bugman.
I saw this big outside my house in Philadelphia PA two days ago on June 1st.
I’ve looked through a couple insect sites and haven’t found a match yet although I’m thinking it must now be too uncommon.
Thank you!
Signature: Scott

Brownish Red Stag Beetle

Brownish Red Stag Beetle

Dear Scott,
This is the third image of a Brownish Red Stag Beetle we have posted to our site in the past two day.  The first we posted yesterday, though it was submitted from Delaware in June while we were on holiday and not responding to identification requests.
  The second arrived from New Jersey today and was posted today.  A third was a very blurry image from Wisconsin that was not posted.  This is the season for emergence of these magnificent beetles in Eastern North America.  They are attracted to lights.

Thank  you.
I discovered your site this morning via a Google search for “insect identification.” After submitting the pics I then noticed the other recent pics of the same insect along with its name. So I was able to quickly learn what it is.
Great site you have.
Scott

Thanks for the compliment Scott.

 

 

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Subject: Found this bug in my house.
Location: Northwest New Jersey
July 3, 2015 12:34 am
I can’t seem to figure out what kind of bug this is. Should I be worried about this type of bug in my house? I also found one on my porch. Thank you!
Signature: Isaac Hadzovic

Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

Dear Isaac,
Just yesterday we posted another image of a Reddish Brown Stag Beetle.  Males, like your individual, can be identified by the enlarged mandibles.  Male Stag Beetles are often attracted to lights.  Though they are not considered dangerous and they will not harm your home, if you do not want to be troubled by them, we suggest you turn off the porch light.

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