Subject: Bug project
August 25, 2015 1:29 pm
Hi there! My name is Jada and I am a highschool student in Wisconsin, for a summer project we had to collect and identify 25 insects and I am having trouble finding the name and classification for these three bugs, it would be great if you could help me out! If not that’s totally fine!
Signature: Thanks! Jada
We do have a policy that you should know about, but your communication is very polite and by our accounts, you should have already identified 22 insects for your project as you are only requesting assistance with three. We will provide you with an identity for one and we will give you categories for the other two.
Were we your teacher, the first thing we would ask is “How could an image dated January 8, 2015 have been visually collected this summer?” This is a female Stag Beetle in the genus Lucanus, and after browsing BugGuide, we determined it to be a female Lucanus placidus based on the BugGuide description: “Similar to L. capreolus, but much darker, elytra more punctate. Legs dark reddish brown, no light brown patches as in capreolus.” Male Stag Beetles have much larger mandibles. See this BugGuide image for comparison. We are going to unofficially call this a Placid Stag Beetle based on the BugGuide definition: “placidus – Latin for ‘smooth, pleasing.'” Your other images are of a beetle and a true bug. You can peruse our own archives or check BugGuide for the remaining two images.