Dorcus parallelus

Dorcus parallelus is a species of beetles in the family Lucanidae. It was described by Say in 1824. The species is 15–26 millimetres (0.59–1.02 in) long and black or brown in colour. Adult species feed on dead or rotten wood, while larvae feed on decaying stumps and logs. The larvae prefers elms, but can also feed on other trees.[1]

Dorcus parallelus
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Lucanidae
Genus: Dorcus
D. parallelus
Binomial name
Dorcus parallelus
(Say, 1824)
  • Lucanus oblongus de Charpentier, 1825
  • Dorcus costatus LeConte, 1866
  • Dorcus carnochani Angell, 1916


  1. ^ "Species Dorcus parallelus". BugGuide. Retrieved 5 June 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)