The first stag beetle of the year: Little Stag Beetle (ko-kuwagata). This one was running up a bank at the side of a path next to a pond (near Konominato in Fukuoka). This species is very common in Japan, and its range extends throughout the whole country and much of East Asia.

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Coleoptera: Lucanidae
Dorcus rectus = ko-kuwagata (little stag beetle)