Subject: would you please identify this bug, It frightened my wife into no longer wanting to weed the ground cover she loves so dearly
Location: southeastern Pennsylvania (Lancaster)
July 19, 2012 10:47 am
any help in identifying this bug will be appreciated.
Signature: frightened bug lady

Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

Dear frightened bug lady,
This is a female Reddish Brown Stag Beetle,
Lucanus capreolus, and she is not dangerous to people.  Both females and males, which have considerably larger mandibles, might nip if carelessly handled.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed in rotting logs. They are not harmful to vegetation.”  Perhaps there was a rotting log or tree near where your wife was weeding.

thank you for the quick response, I’m sure she will be more at ease and I’ll look in the ground cover for some rotted wood.

Location: Pennsylvania

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