Other Common Names
Reddish-brown Stag Beetle(1)
), Pinching Bug, Pinching Beetle(2)
, Common Stag Beetle
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Lucanus capreolus (Linnaeus)
Orig. Comb: Scarabaeus capreolus Linnaeus 1763
Syn: Pseudolucanus capreolus (Linnaeus)
Explanation of Names
capreolus = verbatim, 'little goat' (Capreolus capreolus is the name of the roe deer)
bicolored femora (light brown with darker apex) distinctive(3)
; male mandibles with a single internal tooth and are relatively much smaller than in L. elaphus.
The smaller L. placidus
has at least two teeth on mandibles and uniformly dark femora
e. US (west to WI-e.NE-e.TX) & ON(3)(4)(5)
Deciduous forests, parks, and areas with mature trees(4)
; adults on sap flows, sugared baits, readily come to lights; larvae in rotting logs & stumps(3)(6)
Adults: tree sap (in captivity will drink diluted maple syrup or sugar water); larvae feed in rotting logs.
Eggs laid in rotting wood. Larvae take two years to develop, pupate in nearby soil.
Males use mandibles to fight at breeding sites