Ceruchus sp. - Stag beetle
Upstate NY, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

Male stag beetles have enlarged mandibles for fighting with other males over access to females.

USA NY, Ontario Co.: 2 km SW Bristol Springs, Gannett Hill.  5.vii.2005 42º42'N 77º24'W, 640m.  Quercus forest, under bark of rotting stump.
#AW2635, voucher specimen deposited at ALWC.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.