Subject: Big ugly bug
Location: West Tennessee
July 8, 2016 12:53 am
I came home from work tonight to find this beetle hanging out on my deck railing. What the heck is it? I’ve never seen one quite like it. I’d have gotten a better photo, but I was afraid of irritating it with my flash and I really didn’t want it to chase after me in the middle of the night.
Though we have already posted four images of the related Reddish-Brown Stag Beetle this year, your submission is the first image we are posting this year of the much more impressive male Giant Stag Beetle, Lucanus elaphus. Those formidable mandibles are used by battling males who are competing for mates, and they pose no threat to humans.