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Lucanid - Nicagus obscurus

Lucanid - Nicagus obscurus
Shimek SF, Lee County, Iowa, USA
May 29, 2010
Found on sand in open sandy area in hardwood forest not far from creek. It was morning and the beetle was at the edge of shade, the shade having just moved away from the beetle. Usually these are pretty skittish and fast fliers, so it must not have warmed up yet. It stayed still for several shots. I believe this is a male and there was another within a few feet of it.