Gossamer Tapestry

Reflections on conservation, butterflies, and ecology in the nation's heartland

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Found on my Screen Door this Morning

Lucanus capreolus

Isn't it cute?



At 18:28, Anonymous Mark H said...

Gorgeous! Lucanus Capreolus should visit OUR camera!

At 19:58, Blogger cedrorum said...

That is so going on my desktop background. My wife will love it. Very cool.

At 01:32, Blogger Marvin said...

Tis cute.

At 06:08, Anonymous pablo said...

Friend or foe?

At 07:52, Blogger T.R. said...

What's he looking for? And what would he prefer between those mandibles? Looks like it could hold a small dog. I'm bringing mine inside until its safe out there.

At 08:59, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He looks ready to latch on to an unsuspecting co-worker's earlobe. Would you get in trouble for that?

At 10:35, Blogger Texas Travelers said...

Very cool customer. Nice photo.

All I got on my screen door was a flock of mosquitoes.

Have a great day,

At 11:58, Blogger Gallicissa said...

I like its beautiful gloss.
Nice camera work. Would love to see a front on head close up of that.

At 18:09, Blogger Steven and Aisha said...

Such an interesting bug! :)

At 21:59, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Mark- I'm not sure whether this gets to the Pacific Northwest or not.

cedrorum- I'll try to remember to send you a larger format version it's on my other computer).

Marvin- Merci.

Pablo-Kind of neutral. The larvae eat rotting wood in dead stumps. The adults eat sap.

tr- He was attracted to the porch light.

tr and thingfish- According to my reference, the mandibles are not as formidable as they apear in this specis, which is described as only being able to give a mild pinch. I haven't been especially motivated to do the experiment.

Troy- Thanks. That's usually all I get to- hough at the moment I'm blogging on my screened porch with the black light on. I frequently get interesting stuff that way.

Gallicissa- Thanks. These are reasonably frequent cisitors to my place when I blacklight. I'll try to get that pose If I can manage it.

Steven and Aisha - Thanks and welcome to the Tapestry.

At 00:18, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At the very least that would have gotten an "OMG!" out of me.

Specially in the morn.

At 01:55, Blogger Ur-spo said...

cute was not the first word that would leap into my mind, but I concur it is fascinating.


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