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Stag Beetle Pupa

Lucanus placidus


Waterlogged stag beetle pupa from Lake Michigan. About 1.5 inches long. For some reason, the "add a video" field isn't letting me add the link, but here's a video I took of it trying to dig itself into the sand:


Sandy beach, Lake Michigan, Manistee County


Found this crazy dude washed out of the sand at the Lake Michigan shore. He was waterlogged and not doing well, but I brought him inside and dried him off. For hours I was sure I was too late, but then he started wiggling again! I kept him in an appropriate habitat for weeks, but he had trouble shedding his pupal skin and unfortunately didn't make it. It was still a very interesting find; I admit I thought it was some strange aquatic creature at first!

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Christine Y.
Christine Y. 3 years ago


maplemoth662 3 years ago

Three, beautiful photos....

Gaby3 3 years ago

Thanks! It was a fun and interesting experience to be sure.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

WOW!!! Excellent, creepy spotting. Great photos and notes. Sorry to hear he didn't make it. A very interesting find.

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Michigan, USA

Spotted on Aug 3, 2017
Submitted on Jan 27, 2018

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