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Subject: But found in Ohio
Location: Northwest Ohio
July 4, 2016 7:26 pm
Not sure what this bug is and any info about it.
Signature: GMyers

Reddish Brown Stag Beetle Carnage

Reddish Brown Stag Beetle Carnage

Dear GMyers,
This is a male Reddish Brown Stag Beetle and it appears to be dead prematurely at the hands of a human, something we here at What’s That Bug? consider to be Unnecessary Carnage.  Stag Beetles pose no threat to humans and we encourage our readership to respect and tolerate the Lower Beasts.

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Subject: What kind of beetle?
Location: Mt. Vernon, Iowa
July 1, 2016 6:24 am
What do these beetles eat?
Signature: Cindy

Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

Dear Cindy,
This is a Reddish Brown Stag Beetle,
Lucanus capreolus, and according to BugGuide, adults feed on:  “tree sap (in captivity will drink diluted maple syrup or sugar water); larvae feed in rotting logs.”

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Subject: Lovely beast!
Location: South central Wisconsin
June 28, 2016 7:03 pm
Pretty sure this is a stag beetle of some sort. Saw him last night and left him alone. Tonight, my wife and I heard some scratching noises near our downspout and assumed it was the usual suspects…ground squirrels. I went to investigate and it was this lumbering bugger making all the noise. I’m forty-three and have never had so much interest in bugs and birds. This one is a treat. He looks so menacing but seemed quite peaceful. Seemingly a large one based on what I found was the average size. Removed him from our fenced yard so the dogs don’t bother him. To live another day. Thank you for a great website. My first submission, I find this website often when I’m trying to indentify something. Thank you.
Signature: Kid43

Brownish Red Stag Beetle

Reddish-Brown Stag Beetle

Dear Kid43,
This is a male Reddish-Brown Stag Beetle,
Lucanus capreolus, and it is our first Stag Beetle posting this year.  Thanks for the compliment.

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Subject: Australian green beetle
Location: Australia
December 13, 2015 1:31 am
Hi there,
I found this bug upside down on the road. I’m not sure what type of beetle it is. Is it a stag beetle?
Signature: Thanks!

Golden Green Stag Beetle

Golden Green Stag Beetle

We believe this is a Golden Green Stag Beetle, Lamprima latreillii, but we would not rule out another member of the genus.

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Subject: Some type of Red Jewel Beetle?
Location: Chidlow, Western Australia
December 4, 2015 8:41 pm
Hi,
We were cleaning out our gutters and found this chap dead amongst the accumulated leaves. Looks a lot like one of the pictures on the WA Museum’s composite photos of red jewel beetles, but ours seems to have a lot more yellow on it, or perhaps it has just faded a bit in the sun? Any thoughts please? As you can see we also found a Western Glossy Stag Beetle!
We are located near the village of Chidlow, on 5 acres amongst partially cleared farming land and bush, in the hills east of Perth, Western Australia.
Thanks,
Signature: Tom and Sue McNaughtan

Jewel Beetle

Jewel Beetle

Dear Tom and Sue,
There is much diversity within the family of Jewel Beetles (Buprestidae) from Australia and there is also variability within the species.  We believe your individual may be in the genus
Castiarina, which is well represented on the Buprestidae of Australia site.  We found a matching image of a Western Glossy Stag Beetle on Red Bubble, but there is no scientific name provided.  We believe that based on the Beetle Space site, that this is a female Lamprima micardi.  There are Asian instructions provided on breeding the species as well as many images taken in captivity on Insect Forum.  There are probably quite a few collectors salivating over your lucky discovery.

Stag Beetle and Jewel Beetle

Western Glossy Stag Beetle and Jewel Beetle

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Subject: Bug project
Location: Wisconsin
August 25, 2015 1:29 pm
Hi there! My name is Jada and I am a highschool student in Wisconsin, for a summer project we had to collect and identify 25 insects and I am having trouble finding the name and classification for these three bugs, it would be great if you could help me out! If not that’s totally fine!
Signature: Thanks! Jada

Placid Stag Beetle image captured January 8, 2015

Placid Stag Beetle image captured January 8, 2015

Dear Jada,
We do have a policy that you should know about, but your communication is very polite and by our accounts, you should have already identified 22 insects for your project as you are only requesting assistance with three.  We will provide you with an identity for one and we will give you categories for the other two.
Were we your teacher, the first thing we would ask is “How could an image dated January 8, 2015 have been visually collected this summer?”  This is a female Stag Beetle in the genus
Lucanus, and after browsing BugGuide, we determined it to be a female Lucanus placidus based on the BugGuide description:  “Similar to L. capreolus, but much darker, elytra more punctate. Legs dark reddish brown, no light brown patches as in capreolus.”  Male Stag Beetles have much larger mandibles.  See this BugGuide image for comparison.  We are going to unofficially call this a Placid Stag Beetle based on the BugGuide definition:  “placidus – Latin for ‘smooth, pleasing.'”  Your other images are of a beetle and a true bug.  You can peruse our own archives or check BugGuide for the remaining two images.

stag_female_jada_cu

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