July 13, 2009
There were several of these bugs coming out of the ground/grass, where I had noticed holes about the size of quarters a few days prior, at dusk. Are these the giant stag beetles? I think there may be an old tree stump in the ground here.
Though this is a Stag Beetle, it is not the Giant Stag Beetle, our featured Bug of the Month. Rather it is a relative in the same genus, the Reddish Brown Stag Beetle, Lucanus capreolus. This is a male Reddish Brown Stag Beetle as evidenced by his large mandibles.