Subject: wondering what Bug this is?
Location: Nutley New Jersey
August 8, 2016 6:15 am
Hi Bugman,
Wondering if you can help. I found this impressive specimen on my back driveway last week. Never seen it before here in Northern New Jersey. Although it was on the paving blocks, it was right next to the edge (see Belgium block ending in one pix), which is right next to lavender plants.
Hope it is just a garden variety, and not something of greater concern…
Thanks for any help….
Signature: Mary

Male Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

Male Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

Dear Mary,
This is a male Reddish Brown Stag Beetle.  Males have much larger mandibles than females.

Wow, thanks for the quick reply and for great information.  I checked out other posts about this beetle on your website and learned a lot.  Nice to know it is not destructive.  There is a pile of old firewood nearby, which may have served as the nursery.
You have a wonderful and helpful website, and hope to return to it in the future.
thanks again,

Location: Nutley, New Jersey

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