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?Giant stag beetle
Dear Bugman,
We are enclosing photos of what we think is a giant stag beetle. We found him this evening in our yard in Lexington, NC being knocked around by our neighbors cat. When we tried to get him into a container to bring him in for a photo, he reared his head up and used his pinchers to grab our stick. Will you please let us know if we are right. thank you,
Daragh Conrad

Hi Daragh,
This is indeed a Giant Stag Beetle, Lucanus elaphus, and it looks like he didn’t fare so well in his encounter with the cat.

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One Response to Giant Stag Beetle

  1. bugdude21 says:

    Most stag beetles can break pencils in half with their mandibles

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