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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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Subject: Huge beetle with pinchers
Location: Hockessin, DE
June 21, 2015 7:03 pm
Hi WTB!
We found these two lovely specimens on our screen door at about 10pm on a very humid summer night in the woods of northern Delaware. Aren’t they incredible?! We’ve seen a lot, and I mean a lot, of cool bugs since we moved here. But we never expected anything like these guys. The big one is a good 2 inches from head to butt. When they were agitated they spread out their pinchers (mandibles?) like they were ready for a fight. We didn’t bother them long though, and released them back into our yard. So, what are they?
Signature: Polly

Two Male Stag Beetles:  Reddish Brown Stag (left) and Dorcus parallelus (right)

Two Male Stag Beetles: Reddish Brown Stag (left) and Dorcus parallelus (right)

Dear Polly,
We have been away from the office for a few weeks and we are currently sifting through all the mail that arrived, choosing the best submissions to post.  We are very excited to post your images of two different species of Stag Beetles, both males.  The smaller Stag Beetle which we identified on BugGuide is
Dorcus parallelus, and it has no common name.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed in decaying stumps and roots of oak, linden, and maple” and “readily comes to lights.”  This species was not until now represented on our site. 

Dorcus parallelus Stag Beetle

Dorcus parallelus Stag Beetle

The larger individual is a Reddish Brown Stag Beetle, Lucanus capreolus, and according to BugGuide:  “Eggs laid in rotting wood. Larvae take two years to develop, pupate in nearby soil.”

Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

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Subject: Strange bugs
Location: Western missouri
June 29, 2015 9:20 pm
I have two. I am in western missouri and i have found several interesting bugs. The first one i found on a wall inside and i didnt recognize him. The second i believe is a stag beetle. I have never seen one in this part of Missouri before. We just finisef up with cicadas. They were black and red with red eyes and were just beautiful. I miss the song already. But we have the annual o ed to come still.
Signature: Paul Gomez

Giant Stag Beetle

Giant Stag Beetle

Hi Paul,
We are currently experiencing server problems, and we cannot make new postings, but it is our intention to post your Giant Stag Beetle when the problem is resolved.  The other beetle is a Longhorned Borer in the family Cerambycidae, but the photo is too blurry to determine the species.  We did not get very many Periodical Cicada images this year.

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Subject: bug ID
Location: Kaiserslautern Germany
March 6, 2015 5:18 pm
While visiting my son in Germany last June, I encountered this bug on the patio. I’ve never seen a bug like this and would like to know what kind it is.
Signature: C. Holloway

Stag Beetle

Stag Beetle

Dear C. Holloway,
Your magnificent beetle is a Stag Beetle,
Lucanus cervus.  This Stag Beetle is the subject of a wonderful watercolor painted in 1505 by Albrecht Dürer and currently in the collection of the Getty Museum.

Thank you very much. That is quite interesting and pretty exciting!

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Subject: Insect – Beetle
Location: Auckland. NZ
January 17, 2015 9:00 pm
Found this fellow dead on my porch. Mangere Bridge Auckland. Is it a native beetle?
Signature: Robyn

Probably Stag Beetle

Brown Stag Beetle

Dear Robyn,
The quality of your image, including the focus, is not ideal, but we believe this is some species of Stag Beetle in the family Lucanidae.  Your individual looks very much like an Australian species,
Rhyssonotus nebulosus, and we wonder if thy might be closely related.  We soon learned that this Australian Stag Beetle has become established in New Zealand.  This New Zealand Entomologist pdf indicates that:  “Ryssonotus nebulosus (Kirby) is a large (20-30mm) Australian stag beetle.  According to Moore & Cassis (1992: 16), it has the rather uninspiring common name of ‘Brown Stag Beetle’.  It is rather badly named, for it is a mottled khaki colour. … Gourlay (1954) first reported the presence of R. nebulosus in New Zealand.  It is well known to be established in the Gisborne region, but its presence in the Auckland region has never before been reported.  It has been there since at least 1967.  It is amazing how such a large and spectacular beetle could go almost unnoticed in urban Auckland for so long.”

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