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Subject: Enormous bug
Location: Skopje, Macedonia
July 4, 2013 6:33 pm
A few nights ago I was sitting in my yard, when suddenly, out of nowhere this enormous bug landed right behind me. Usually I love bugs – when they are small and cute 🙂 But this one really scared me. So, if you have time, I would really appreciate if you can tell me what kind of bug this is. Thanks.
Signature: Monika

Stag Beetle

Stag Beetle

Hi Monika,
This impressive guy is a male Stag Beetle.  Though they are not dangerous, a Stag Beetle might use his impressive mandibles to pinch someone who carelessly handles him.  Stag Beetles are becoming endangered in many parts of their natural range.  We believe your European Stag Beetle is Lucanus cervus and you can read more about this magnificent creature on the British Natural History Museum website.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Skopje, Macedonia

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