I am so glad I found your website!! A year ago, I found a creepy ugly bug pinching my 6 month old daughter. Tonight, my same daughter (now 21 months, the youngest of 3 girls) was sitting on the potty when the same kind of bug crawled across our bathroom floor. I searched countless websites trying to identify the creature…including Terminex, Orkin, several universities’ entomology sites, etc. None of the sites even came close to the bug we found….until I came across yours. Our nasty little critter is the Ground Beetle. He (she?) is identical to the ones you have listed on your site. Thank you for having such a thorough and interesting site. I’m going to save you in my favorites just incase we need to identify any more little buggers!! Thanks again!
Terra J. Ward
We once again turned to Eric Eaton to clarify matters for us. Here is what he had to say: “Wow! Actually, this is a male stag beetle in the genus Ceruchus, assuming it is from North America. Right family for certain. I’d also like to see this posted to BugGuide.net, as right now we are getting postings of some of the other smaller Lucanidae, but not this genus. Neat.