Entomology (Study of Bugs)/what is this bug?


flying bug with large p like claws
flying bug with large  
This bug flew into my window In my Canton,Oh. home in the late night /early morning hours around 3:00 a.m. Its a rather large bug with wings and large pinch like (simular to a crab or lobster)

Hi, Tasha:

Thanks for including the clear image with your question.  It leaves no doubt what the insect is.

This is an adult male "Pinching bug," Lucanus capreolus , a type of stag beetle in the family Lucanidae.  Here's more information about it:


The Bugguide.net link on that wiki page has even more information, but Bugguide is not responding as I write this.

Stag beetles fly well and are often attracted to outdoor lights at night.  They pose no threat to people or pets, though I'd still stay away from the "business end."  Females have smaller mandibles with more power.

Thanks for sharing your find!


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