Woke up one morning and went out to get the paper, only to find this sucker crawling on my front porch. Fearing for my dog’s life :-), I made a snap decision and swatted it. Took these pictures when I got home. It’s a pretty specimen, and I’m dying to know what it is. Can you help?

Hello J.,
We hope “When in doubt, Kill” is not a motto you live by. In the interest of education, we feel compelled to lecture you on this textbook Unnecessary Carnage. The Elephant Stag Beetle is an elegant insect and not at all harmful despite its fierce appearance. Your photo has saddened us.

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