Saw Stag Beetle

I don’t usually do this, but today I broke open a rotten tree stump to see what I could find. Well, what a find! Inside the stump was this large stag beetle (60mm) with perfectly formed mandibles. I found one last year, but it was small and the mandibles were straight (see here).

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Coleoptera: Lucanidae
Prosopocoilus inclinatus
= nokogiri-kuwagata (saw stag beetle)

Location: forest area near Ikeda Village in Munakata (aerial photo)
Map: Google map link

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2 Responses to Saw Stag Beetle

  1. cyndi says:

    beautiful! we were at tamako lake yesterday and my oldest son really wanted to find one of those, but alas we did not.
    i’ll show him your find though. i think it’ll inspire him.

  2. Jerry says:

    nice I live on the countryside outside Gifu-shi and I think it was one of these I saw hanging on the door to the school. Really amazing.

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