Subject: Cedar beetle or something else?
Geographic location of the bug: Evergreen Park, IL
Time: 11:52 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: I have a raised bed garden made from organic cedar wood. This is my third year with it, and I have never noticed these bugs before. From far away I though it was a small frog, which would have been odd. Upon a closer look I noticed that it is a beetle. Is this bug a threat to my herbs and vegetables? I have a dog and small children that play near (sometimes in) my garden, will it bite or hurt my child or dog? If it gets in my home is there going to be an issue?
How you want your letter signed: Sincerely, Laura McRae
This is a Stag Beetle in the family Lucanidae. It will not harm your herbs and vegetables. Stag Beetles have powerful mandibles, and they might nip if carelessly handled, but they are not considered dangerous to humans or pets. We believe your individual might be Lucanus placidus based on this BugGuide image.