Subject: Stag Beetle or not?
May 29, 2017 8:03 pm
Found one of these guys on my porch and did a little research to try and identify him. Is this a Stag Beetle subspecies? And if so, is it common to see them this far north?
We are pretty sure that based on this BugGuide image, your male Stag Beetle is Lucanus placidus. According to BugGuide: “Similar to L. capreolus, but much darker, elytra more punctate. Legs dark reddish brown, no light brown patches as in capreolus. Several small teeth on inside of mandibles of male–capreolus has only one.” Your images do appear to show “several small teeth on the inside of mandibles of male.”