December 21, 2009
I am sending a photo of an insect which I am guessing is a beetle, perhaps a stag beetle. The insect was found at Berenty which is a private reserve west of Fort Dauphine, in the southeast of Madagascar, It was found in the leaf litter and is quite large. I was impressed by those mandibles!
Berenty Private Reserve, South Madagascar
The large mandibles are characteristic of Stag Beetles, but your specimen lacks clubbed antennae. The threadlike antennae indicates this is some species of Ground Beetle in the family Carabidae, though we are uncertain of the species.