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What’s this??
I live in east Tennessee, near southwest Virginia and western North Carolina. This bug has a hard shell, LARGE pinschers, and it’s feet seem to have hooks to hold on tight to most any surface. It is about 1 1/2 inches long… What is it??
Thanks!
Lisa

Hi Lisa,
What an impressive photo of a male Elephant Stag Beetle, Lucanus elephus. We are sure it will give some of our readers nightmares even though it is harmless.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

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