Subject: Large black beetle found in house
Geographic location of the bug: South-east Wisconsin (Wind Lake)
Time: 07:34 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hello! My name is Lexi and I live in South-eastern Wisconsin.
I was on my laptop when my dad called me into the kitchen exclaiming that there was a large bug found. This big was about 1-2 inches long and had wide black pinchers. We did not, in fact, kill the bug but put it out on the porch in the rain. The picture is the bug right way up on a napkin which was used to carry it outside.
How you want your letter signed: Best Regards and Respect. ~Lexi
Because you described this Stag Beetle as black, we suspect it is Lucanus placidus, which is described on BugGuide as “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.”
Thank you for responding so quickly! I was just wondering, would you consider this Stag beetle a male or a female?
It appears to be a male.