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What kind of bug is this?

Post  Zak on Fri Jun 08, 2012 9:14 pm


Man I've never seen anything like this!! Anyone know what the heck this thing is?

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Re: What kind of bug is this?

Post  tandy on Sat Jun 09, 2012 6:20 am

It's a male Giant Stag Beetle (Lucanus elaphus). Females do not have the large mandibles. What a find! Like everything else with "antlers," they use the mandibles to fight for females. It is believed that adult beetles feed on honeydew.


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Post  Zak on Sat Jun 09, 2012 11:01 am

I've never seen one like that lol. How big do they get?

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Post  tandy on Sat Jun 09, 2012 11:36 am

They are also called the American Stag Beetle and I would say the males will be 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 inches with mandibles and maybe up to 2".


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Post  Zak on Sat Jun 09, 2012 1:58 pm

I'm normally not impressed by bugs, but this one I was amazed by how big it is. By the lack of better judgement I wanted to test out the strength of its mandibles, but I decided not to.

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Post  tandy on Sat Jun 09, 2012 3:42 pm

LOL. They are very strong and can easily flip another male over with their mandibles. The Hercules beetle (a type of Scarab beetle) is on the list as the strongest animal on the planet as per body weight. Most stats estimate that it can lift 800-900 times its own body weight. Awesome! I guess the stag beetles aren't quite that strong or they would be named the Hercules beetle. Very Happy


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Post  Zak on Sun Jun 10, 2012 5:47 pm

I'm glad I didn't test it on my finger then lol. I thought it was a great find also. Maybe I can find another one.

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