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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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Subject: Unidentified Beetle
Location: SE Oklahoma
September 16, 2014 8:45 am
Hello,
I understand if you don’t have time to identify this bug but I wanted to submit my pics none the less because I’ve never seen one quite like this and wanted to share it. He was found in SE Oklahoma by a friend of mine earlier this year. I don’t know alot about bugs but It resembles a rhinocerous beetle but without the horn and it has a huge forhead.
Thanks!
Signature: Amanda

Giant Stag Beetle

Giant Stag Beetle

Dear Amanda,
This magnificent beetle is a male Giant Stag Beetle.

Giant Stag Beetle

Giant Stag Beetle

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Subject: Large beetle with serious pinchers
Location: Rhode Island
July 29, 2014 6:09 pm
Hello, I live in Rhode Island and found this beetle floating in my pool. Unfortunately, it could not be saved. I’m just wondering what type of bug this is and if I should be concerned that there may be more and if they are destructive.
Thank you in advance!
Signature: Lisa

Drowned Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

Drowned Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

Hi Lisa,
Did you attempt mouth to mouth resuscitation?  This is a male Reddish Brown Stag Beetle.  Males have the more developed mandibles.  This and other Stag Beetles are not destructive, nor are they in any way detrimental to humans, their homes or their belongings.

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Subject: Stag beetle?
Location: Maryland
July 12, 2014 4:04 pm
I found this stag beetle on the stairs in front of my house in Maryland right outside Washington DC last week. It looks like what one website called a Pinching Bug, which I hope is right because it’s the greatest name ever.
Signature: wombat

Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

Dear wombat,
This Reddish Brown Stag Beetle and other members of its family Lucanidae are called Pinching Bugs according to BugGuide.

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Subject: Big brown creepy looking big on window
Location: North east ohio
July 7, 2014 9:24 am
I have found this huge brown big on my window looks to be hard shelled and has two huge curved pinchers in the front it is about 2 inches long and is stuck to the screen on second floor window , have never seen anything like it
Signature: Please help

Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

This magnificent insect is a male Reddish Brown Stag Beetle, Lucanus capreolus.

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