The Giant Stag Beetle is found in wooded areas of the eastern
United States. There are over 1200 species of Stag Beetle in
the world. The beetle was given its name due to its large mandibles
which resemble the horns of a male deer. These mandibles can
be as long as the body of the beetle itself. It is reddish brown
in color and ranges from about two to three inches in length.
The mandibles of the male are used only in battle with other
males for mating rights. If they are flipped on their back then
they have a hard time turning back over. Also, the male's head
is wider than its prothorax, unlike the female, whose head is
much narrower than the thorax.
territory from other males
The stag beetle is a globally threatened species, protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981. Its distribution has contracted in the last 40 years, although it is still fairly common in a number of hotspots such as the national forest of south Alabama and western Florida.