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Giant Stag Beetle County Records
County Record Data from E.G. Riley, Nov. 2005
Plus Panola County
Range: Eastern U.S., from Texas to Florida to Maryland to Nebraska.
Adult Activity: March to August, most specimens in the TAMUIC from June.
Larval Hosts: Lucanid larvae typically breed in old stumps and in decaying roots and logs of both coniferous and deciduous trees.
There are some 50 Lucanus species distributed around the Northern Hemisphere, most in Asia. Five species occur in the U.S. and northern Mexico, three restricted to the eastern United States, one species is found in the Southwest and one additional species in northern Mexico. U.S. Lucanus taxonomy.
Lucanus capreolus (Linnaeus) May to August most in June and July Lucanus elaphus Fabricius March to August most in June Lucanus placidus (Say) May to September most in May and June
Remaining Texas Lucanids:
Dorcus parallelus MacLeay May to August
Platycerus virescens (Fabricius) April to December
Nicagus occultus Paulsen & Smith May to June most in June
Lucanus elaphus - Male - Female
Lucanus capreolus - Male - Female
Lucanus placidus - Female - Male & Female
Dorcus parallelus - Male - Male & Female
Playtycerus virescens - Photo - Photo
Stag Beetle - TAMU
Etymology: Lucanus elaphus (Fabricius, 1775)
lucan (LL). A kind of beetle
elaphus (G). A stag
Biography: Johann Fabricius (1745-1808) - University of Nebraska-Lincoln State Museum - Division of Entomology
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