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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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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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