http://bugguide.net/node/view/3103100s of stag beetles
Location: Wayne Michigan
June 5, 2011 12:01 am
i have hundreds of stag beetles in my yard. i can step foot in my yard. with out one pinching me. i do not live by woods im actually in the middle of a neighborhood. We have also found 100s in others neighbors yards. i know they are a vital part of mother nature but is there a way to get them to move other then trying to catch them. we have alot of young kids in our neighborhood and they seem to like there toes as well as our curious animals.
Signature: Please Help Me. Sincerly Vanessa
Your email has us most curious. We cannot imagine why you have such an incredible population explosion of Stag Beetles. There must have been a bounteous food source for the larvae which take several years to develop. Stag Beetle Larvae feed on rotting wood. Are there numerous fallen or dead trees in your yard or in the neighborhood? Perhaps you have a large wood pile nearby. While we sympathize with your dilemma, we don’t really have any advice for you. Stag Beetles are not dangerous to humans or pets, and if they do happen to nip at skin, there should not be any lasting effects or any health concern for either you, your children or your pets. We don’t believe your Stag Beetle is the Reddish Brown Stag Beetle, Lucanus capreolus, but rather, we believe that based on BugGuide it is Lucanus placidus which is described as “Similar to L. capreolus, but much darker, elytra more punctate. Legs dark reddish brown, no light brown patches as in capreolus. Several small teeth on inside of mandibles of male–capreolus has only one.” According to BugGuide, the definition is: “punctate – marked by spots, dots, points, depressions, or punctures.” We have used the levels control in PhotoShop to lighten your image to better reveal the texture of the elytra, which appears to be punctate. Your beetle has two distinguishing features for Lucanus placidus, that as well as the toothed mandibles. We wish you could send us a photo of a large group of these Stag Beetles, possibly even a mating pair.