Stag Beetle

Lucanus capreolusA Common or Reddish-Brown Stag Beetle (Lucanus capreolus) male who didn’t make it. Lucanus capreolusFound on the sidewalk next to Prospect Park. This specimen is about an inch long. Inhabitants of parks, suburbs, and hardwood forests, they’re mostly nocturnal. They feed on sap; those pincer-like mandibles are used to battle other males for territory. Dudes.

A wonderful manifestation of the wild city at night, sadly stomped by someone who probably didn’t notice. Or perhaps did: an exterminationist attitude runs strongly among some of the benighted, especially when it comes to “bugs.”

1 Response to “Stag Beetle”


  1. 1 Zina July 10, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    You’ve now educated me to not stomp the fearsome looking little dudes, thanks!


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