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Species Lucanus placidus

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
Superfamily Scarabaeoidea
Family Lucanidae (Stag Beetles)
Subfamily Lucaninae
Tribe Lucanini
Genus Lucanus
Species placidus (Lucanus placidus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Lucanus placidus Say 1825
Syns: lentus Laporte, rupicapra Dejean (nomen nudum), Pseudolucanus placidus
Explanation of Names
placidus (L). 'smooth, pleasing' (1)
19-38 mm
Similar to L. capreolus, but much darker, elytra more punctate. Legs dark reddish brown, no light brown patches as in capreolus. Several small teeth on inside of mandibles of male--capreolus has only one.
e US (TX-AL-ON-MN) - Map (2)(3), rare along the eastern seaboard
Sandy areas
Apr-Jul (BG data)
Dead roots/stumps in sandy soils are preferred.
Some workers claim they found larvae in decaying oak logs and in roots of old oak stumps. Others said they found larvae damaging roots of conifers in some nurseries. Others yet say they feed on live roots of oak, Virginia creeper, Boston ivy, various shrubs, flowers, and grass.
Life Cycle
Comes to light. Males fight, sometimes in the open, as on lawns.
Print References
Hoffman, C.H. 1937. Biological notes on Pseudolucanus placidus Say, Platycerus quercus Weber and Ceruchus piceus Weber (Lucanidae-Coleoptera). Entomological News 48: 281-284.
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.The Scarabaeoid Beetles of Nebraska
Brett C. Ratcliffe & M.J. Paulsen. 2008. University of Nebraska State Museum, Vol 22, 570 pp.
3.Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)