June 2, 2010
Found this the other night , may have come out of a potted cucumber plant that we were re-potting. (can’t be positive) Just wondering what it was and if it had been in the dirt in the pot, could it have damaged the roots? His body is about 2 inches long. We put him in a bug box and he burrowed under the dirt in it. Thanks!
This spectacular beetle is a Reddish Brown Stag Beetle. Lucanus capreolus. We suspect it may have been attracted to lights near your plant. The larvae feed on decaying wood and neither adults nor larvae will attack your potted plants.