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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.

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.

Subject: Flying fuzzy beetle
Location: KT1 4DQ
June 1, 2017 5:15 am
Dear Bugman,
Last night at dusk we spotted 2 of these flying fuzzy beetles approx. 2 inches long flying around our small back garden. At one point they landed and seemed interested in the underside of a pot of thyme herbs. This morning we found one photo attached) on the table outside. Keen to know what they are as we have never seen them before. Many thanks, A
Signature: A

Stag Beetle

Dear A,
This is a male Stag Beetle.  Where is KT1 4DQ?

Dear Bugman,
Thank you! He was back again this evening.
KT1 4DQ is Hampton Wick, UK (down the road from Hampton Court Palace).

Subject: Stag Beetle or not?
Location: Michigan
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?
Signature: Suz

Stag Beetle

Dear Suz,
We are pretty sure that based on this BugGuide image, your male Stag Beetle is
Lucanus placidusAccording 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.”

Stag Beetle

Thanks for your reply! Are these common in Michigan?

We have no information on how common they are.  There might be local population differences depending upon available food and habitat.  Michigan is within the range of sightings recorded on BugGuide’s data page.

Subject: Found!
Location: Charlotte NC
May 28, 2017 8:08 am
Found this guy outside my front door! We moved him to a better area with some plants!
Signature: MW

Giant Stag Beetle

Dear MW,
This magnificent male Giant Stag Beetle or Elk Stag Beetle has some really impressive mandibles.  Stag Beetles pose no threat to humans and the males use their impressive mandibles to battle one another with the dominant male impressing the female so that he can pass on his genes.  According to BugGuide:  “There is some conservation concern about this species. The related
Lucanus cervus, of Europe, is threatened.  considered by Arkansas to be a “Species of Greatest Conservation Need” (SGCN).”  If you had on a porch light, that might have attracted this guy to your front door.  Because of your kindness in relocating this gorgeous Giant Stag Beetle to a location where he would be safe, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

Giant Stag Beetle

Subject: Scorpion type insect
Location: London
May 27, 2017 5:04 am
Hi good afternoon I have found what looks like a scorpion type insect in my back garden I am located in Hayes Middlesex London I would really appreciated if someone could identify what type it is as I have very young kids the youngest being four months old and feel a little bit nervous. I hope you can help thank you
Signature: Stephen

Stag Beetle Carnage

Dear Stephen,
We are very disturbed by your image of a very dead male Stag Beetle,
Lucanus cervus, because indications are that it was alive when you found it.  Stag Beetles are perfectly harmless as they have neither venom nor poison, and the large mandibles of the males are not used for biting people, but rather to fight among themselves when competing for a mate.  This is considered an endangered species throughout much of Europe.  According to The Wildlife Trusts:  “Protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981. Classified as a Priority Species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.”  The Wildlife Trusts also states:  “The Stag Beetle is the UK’s largest beetle and is found in south-east England, particularly in south and west London. It prefers oak woodlands, but can be found in gardens, hedgerows and parks. The larvae depend on old trees and rotting wood to live in and feed on, and can take up to six years to develop before they pupate and turn into adults. The adults have a much shorter lifespan: they emerge in May with the sole purpose of mating, and die in August once the eggs have been laid in a suitable piece of decaying wood. Look for the adults on balmy summer evenings, when the males fly in search of mates. Once the male has found a mate, he displays his famously massive, antler-like jaws to her, and uses them to fight off rival males, in a similar fashion to deer.”  According to People’s Trust for Endangered Species:  “Spectacular stag beetles are one of our largest beetles. Sadly their numbers are declining across Europe and they are now extinct in some countries. In the southern parts of the UK they are doing much better but they still need our help.”  According to UK Safari:  “Stag Beetles are the largest beetles found in the U.K. and they’re now quite rare.  The decline of our Stag Beetles is mainly as a result of habitat loss.  Some are killed by cars on roads, and since they spend such a long time in the larval stage they are also vulnerable to predation.”  According to BBC:  “One of the UK’s most iconic insects is under threat and becoming increasingly rare to find, and that’s a real shame.”  We hope the next time you encounter an unknown creature, you resist the urge to kill it because there are really very few animals in London that pose any threat to humans, and that you make an attempt to identify it before taking such an irreversible action.  We hope you teach your children to appreciate the wonders of the natural world and not to fear them.  Our mission from our inception has been to provide information to the web browsing public so that they have a better appreciation of the lower beasts.  Alas, we have no choice but to tag this posting as Unnecessary Carnage.

Thank you very much for your email it was my four-year-old son whom found it in the garden  lying upside down in that position and was already dead,  but thank you for your advice.