Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

Stag Beetle?
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.
Heidi
Northeast Ohio

Male Reddish Brown Stag Beetle
Male Reddish Brown Stag Beetle

Hi Heidi,
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.

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