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Subject: What is this bug?
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
August 16, 2017 11:10 am
We had this bug crawling on our screen door one night. This has been the only one that I have seen. I looked up a stag beetle, but they didn’t look the same as this one. This one was roughly the size of my thumb.
Signature: Chad Stewart

Stag Beetle

Dear Chad,
You are correct that this is a Stag Beetle, and there are “38 spp. in 8 genera of 3 subfamilies in our area~1500 spp. in 109 genera worldwide” according to BugGuide, which might explain why the image you found on the internet did not look the same.  Since your image is a rather blurry, backlit, silhouette, exact identification might be problematic, but we believe this is a male Reddish Brown Stag Beetle.

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Subject: Some pics to share!
Location: Sunderland UK, NY USA, IN USA
July 16, 2017 6:15 pm
Hello Bug Peeps! I thought I’d share some really lovely shots I got of some awesome specimens! You are probably the only people who will appreciate them, heh. The first two are spiders but the final one of a beetle was the best shot of all!
The first shot is of the absolute largest house spider I’ve ever seen in my life. I couldn’t get over him/her, just amazing! However it was my bff’s flat in Northern England UK that (s)he was spotted (this was in the spring, I’m thinking (s)he was looking for a mate) and bff was not so keen to have such an impressive guest so we relocated Friend just outside the door, where (s)he more than likely crawled right back inside but whatever, at least bff is not a squoosher.
The second is a much better photo of a really pretty spider hanging out on my bathroom wall in Indiana USA. I looked it up and it is a spitting spider and spits a mixture of webbing and venom on its victims, so basically what Spiderman does but also poison which I think is very clever. I like the spots on the legs. I keep my fingers crossed that it will catch and eat the stupid fruit flies that keep getting in my garbage- they fly at my eyes and are annoying.
The last one is my little friend the Rawrior, some manner of stag beetle or another that was just shuffling along tra la down the sidewalk in upstate New York. Thrilled, as it is to date my one and only sighting of a wild stag beetle, I grabbed my kindle out of my purse and hovered it over the little creature, angling for a good shot. Nervous of the sudden presence of a giant flat rectangular UFO, Rawrior posed spectacularly in this defensive stance, poking its little pinchies toward me and warning me that it didn’t want to be probed, thanks. Can you tell me if it is a boy or a girl beetle? The pinchy bits weren’t massive so I wasn’t sure.
Signature: KLeigh

Antelope Beetle

Dear KLeigh,
Thanks for your enthusiastic letter.  We believe your Stag Beetle is
Dorcus parallelus, commonly called an Antelope Beetle according to BugGuide where it states:  “Larvae feed in decaying stumps and roots of oak, linden, and maple.”  This species does not exhibit some of the extreme sexual dimorphism found in other Stag Beetles, but we believe this is a male.

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Subject: Dark brown/black bug with pincers
Location: Buckinghamshire UK
July 17, 2017 7:10 am
I found this bug in my bedroom by the window, I think it’s a stag beetle but I don’t know for sure…
Signature: C

Female Stag Beetle

Dear C,
You are correct that this is a Stag Beetle.  We believe it is a female Stag Beetle.  They are sexually dimorphic, and Stag Beetles–All they need is love and wood has a nice image depicting a pair.  You might want to consider registering your sighting as indicated here

Female Stag Beetle

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Subject: Beatle juice ?
Location: Bluffton Indiana
July 11, 2017 7:48 pm
Hello there bugman. Michael here. So this was seen in up state Indians bluffton area. Could you identify it. We have never seen it here before. Thanks much
Signature: Michael

Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

Dear Michael,
This is the third image of a Reddish Brown Stag Beetle we have posted in just a few days.

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Subject: Can you identify this bug?
Location: Westfield, Indiana, USA
July 9, 2017 4:39 pm
After our garage door had been opened for a while we went in there to find this bug resting on a rug. It’s about 1 1/2 to 2 inches long. 6 legs, 2 large pincher like things and bulgy eyes. Can you identify it?
Signature: Jana McIntosh

Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

Dear Jana,
We just finished posting our first Reddish Brown Stag Beetle of the season.

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Subject: Huge beetle… nearly 2″ long
Location: Manassas Va
July 9, 2017 7:17 pm
Can you tell me what these are, are they harmful? Very freaky if nothing else…
Signature: Beetle confirmed

Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

This is a harmless, male, Reddish Brown Stag Beetle, one of our favorite summer beetle sightings.

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