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Subject:  Large horned beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Northwest Georgia
Date: 08/19/2021
Time: 09:10 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This nettle was hanging in the doorway of the sunroom. Actually it was dangling by a leg.
How you want your letter signed:  Rebecca

Giant Stag Beetle

Dear Rebecca,
This impressive and harmless beetle is a Giant Stag Beetle.

Subject:  Big beetle with pincers
Geographic location of the bug:  South western Massachusetts
Date: 07/11/2021
Time: 08:17 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this beetle walking through the grass near the woods in our yard.  It was slow and about 2 inches long.
How you want your letter signed:  Jenny

Buggy Accessory: Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

Dear Jenny,
Your image of this male Reddish Brown Stag Beetle is quite beautiful, but we are obsessed with how effectively you used him as a Buggy Accessory with your gorgeously desiged and rendered tattoos and your perfectly art directed and styled wardrobe.  Thanks for ending our publishing day on such a high note.

Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

Thank you for your kind message. I wish I could’ve kept him as a bug accessory but I thought he’d prefer the wood pile!

Subject:  Cedar beetle or something else?
Geographic location of the bug:  Evergreen Park, IL
Date: 06/08/2019
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

Stag Beetle

Dear Laura,
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.

Subject:  What is this huge bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Dorohoi, Romania
Date: 05/20/2019
Time: 07:51 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Very large black beetle like with claws…. scary looking. Interested to know what it is
How you want your letter signed:  Leah

Stag Beetle

Dear Leah,
The gorgeous male Stag Beetle,
Lucanus cervus, was immortalized by German artist Albrecht Dürer in 1505 and is pictured on the Getty site.  This is a perfectly harmless species

Subject:  Bright Green beetle, dark blue legs and orange head.
Geographic location of the bug:  Mitcham Victoria Australia
Date: 01/30/2019
Time: 11:40 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you identify this beetle? I would be very great full if you can.
How you want your letter signed:  Yours truly  Andrea King

Female Golden Stag Beetle

This is a marvelous image of what we believe is a female Golden Stag Beetle, Lamprima aurata, that we identified thanks to the Museums Victoria Collections site where it is described as:  “Body oval and shiny. Colour varies; green, red, blue or purple all over body. Males have larger bodies and larger jaws (mandibles) than females. Body up to 3 cm long, usually 1.5 – 2.5 cm.”   FlickR includes a really beautiful image, and according to Encyclopedia of Life:  ” is relatively common throughout Australia, and fairly variable in coloration, so has been given many names by various authors. Females are smaller than the males, and males have the mandibles enlarged and prolonged forwards. The colour of the males is typically metallic golden green or golden yellow, while females may be blue, blue-green or also dull brown.”  Your inquiry is perfectly timed to be our Bug of the Month for February 2019.

Hi Daniel,
That is marvellous.  Just wondering if I can have my name on it instead of ‘yours truly’ as I didn’t know what was meant by ‘how would you like it signed’.  Also does it cost to register on the site?
Kind regards
Andrea King

Hi Andrea,
There is no charge to register on WTB?

Subject:  Beetle Larvae
Geographic location of the bug:  Inside A Rotten Pine Log In Northeast Ohio
Date: 01/09/2019
Time: 09:53 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This beetle larvae was found in a old rotten pine log in northeast ohio. It is almost 1 inch long. I need your help in identifying it.
How you want your letter signed:  yes

Stag Beetle Grub

Based on this BugGuide image, we are pretty confident this is a Stag Beetle larva.