reddish-brown stag beetle

reddish-brown stag beetle

6028  Hi,  This is Tiina from Toronto, Ontario. Saw these bugs on the sidewalk in the early evening. They were coming up from the ground in adjacent garden near the base of a tree. They are huge! Shiny, black with menacing looking pincers. What are they?  Tina

This is a stag beetle (Coleoptera: Lucanidae); likely a reddish-brown stag beetle, Lucanus capreolus; see https://tinyurl.com/zny7rzl for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.