Lucanus elaphus Fabricius, 1775 (Coleoptera: Lucanidae: Lucaninae

Lucanus elaphus Fabricius, 1775
Lucanus elaphus Fabricius, 1775 (original combination).
Lucanus carlengi Angell, 1916 (synonym).

lucanus-elaphus-fabricius-pair

Description: Largest lucanid species occurring in North America with three sister species: L. capreolus (Linnaeus), L. mazama (LeConte), and L. placidus Say. Comparably, easily reared. sizes around 30-60mm. Reddish brown to dark brown colored. As many knwon European and Asian large Lucanus spp., it has ‘a bump’ on head. Adults attracted to the lights in summer. Personally collected one male specimen in Louisiana on July 2016. (below)

dsc01541Lucanus elaphus Fabricius, 1775 – male
@Louisiana, 2 July 2016.

dsc01542Lucanus elaphus Fabricius, 1775 – male
@Louisiana, 2 July 2016.

References:

http://museum.unl.edu/research/entomology/Guide/Scarabaeoidea/Lucanidae/LUC/LUCA/elaphus/elaphus.html

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