Family Lucanidae (Stag Beetles)

Adult stag beetles usually have very well developed mandibles and these can also differ between males and females of the same species (sexual dimorphism).  Most adults are nocturnal.  Many are nectar feeders but the larvae feed in rotting wood.

Subfamily Aesalinae
Genus Ceratognathus

Subfamily Lampriminae
Genus Lamprima

Subfamily Lucaninae
Genus Lissotes

Subfamily Syndesinae

Species in the subfamily Syndesinae have a 7 segmented antennal club that has lamellae that are longer than the other stag beetles.
Genus Syndesus 


Pending ID – Lucanidae

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