Reddish brown stag beetle?
Location: Northern IL, US
July 10, 2011 9:48 pm
I was wondering if you could verify that this bug is a female reddish brown stag beetle. We just recently had a terrible storm that destroyed several trees in my friends backyard. Shortly after, I found her(I really don’t think its a him considering those small pincers) I read somewhere that reddish brown stag beetles tend to be around rotting wood and we’ve got a lot of that thanks to the fallen trees.  Despite those scary looking pincers she really is quite docile and i had no problem with her crawling on my arms.  My friend wanted to light a fire cracker on top of her but I smacked him 😀
Teenage boys sure are stupid sometimes :/ anyways, thank you!
p.s. this picture was taken in early July
Signature: Brie

Female Stag Beetle

Hi Brie,
We agree that this is a female Stag Beetle, but we cannot say for certain that she is a Reddish Brown Stag Beetle,
Lucanus capreolus, pictured here on BugGuide. She may also be a Giant Stag Beetle, Lucanus elphus, which is pictured on BugGuide as well. Thank you for rescuing her from being blown to smithereens.

Location: Illinois

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