Subject: bug ID
Location: Kaiserslautern Germany
March 6, 2015 5:18 pm
While visiting my son in Germany last June, I encountered this bug on the patio. I’ve never seen a bug like this and would like to know what kind it is.
Signature: C. Holloway

Stag Beetle

Stag Beetle

Dear C. Holloway,
Your magnificent beetle is a Stag Beetle,
Lucanus cervus.  This Stag Beetle is the subject of a wonderful watercolor painted in 1505 by Albrecht Dürer and currently in the collection of the Getty Museum.

Thank you very much. That is quite interesting and pretty exciting!

Location: Kaiserslautern, Germany

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