Saturday, August 23, 2014

Bigass Beetle

While on my regular walkabout on the job, I ran across a very large beetle, judging from its size and lovely reddish coloration, I'd have to say it's a Lucanus capreolus- a common Eastern North American stag beetle:




I'd guess that the critter was about two inches long. It was a remarkably patient photographic subject. I guess when you're that formidable looking, you don't have to move quickly.

I'm still amazed at the lovely color of the beast.

4 comments:

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Very pretty!


I've been on the lookout for one of those around here, but no volunteers yet.
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Jules said...

I used to see those in Indiana, or a relative with larger mandibles. I've never seen them out here.

And I still say they have little anti-grav boosters that allow them to fly. They're a really heavy bug, especially if they smack into your face on their way to worship the porch light.

Jim H. said...

Gregor Samsa sends his regards!

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

I've been on the lookout for one of those around here, but no volunteers yet.

I think you need to go out at night to catch them.

I used to see those in Indiana, or a relative with larger mandibles. I've never seen them out here.

The males have larger mandibles that they "joust" with. This lovely specimen is a gurl.

Gregor Samsa sends his regards!

I think I have a picture of him somewhere around here...