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Red, possible rhino beetle of some sort.
Sat, Jun 20, 2009 at 4:55 AM
A friend that lives in Atlanta, GA found this bug above her apartment door, on June 19, 2009. I did a bit of searching, and it looks much more similar to a Rhino Beetle than any other I could quickly find. I’m not sure if any are native to this area or not though.
Jenn
Atlanta, GA

Giant Stag Beetle

Giant Stag Beetle

Hi Jenn,
This is the first image of a Giant Stag Beetle, Lucanus elaphus, we have received this year. Stag Beetles are only distantly related to Rhinoceros Beetles.  BugGuide has this information posted:  “Eggs are laid in crevices of moist, decaying wood. Larvae feed on decaying logs, stumps, where adults can be found in spring, early summer. (Presumably males battle there.) Larvae take one or more years to develop. Adults can be found at lights in early summer. Adults live two or more years, but one generation per year.
Remarks There is some conservation concern about this species. The related Lucanus cervus , of Europe, is threatened. See: Staines, C. L. Distribution of Lucanus elaphus Linnaeus (sic) (Coleoptera: Lucanidae) in North America. The Coleopterists Bulletin, 2001, vol. 55(4): 397-404. “

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2 Responses to Giant Stag Beetle

  1. Andrew says:

    I found this bug by a light at my way north Atlanta (Acworth) home and was going to kill it. This bug, along with its friend at another light will live due to your shining endorsement.

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