Male Lucanus capreolus
(or Pseudolucanus capreolus
). As usual, this one came to my back window about 9 p.m. It hit with an audible crack, and I was afraid it was injured, but it appeared very healthy. It did not play dead, as they often do, but took up this defensive posture right away and froze. I took a whole series, playing with the lighting from my milk jug diffuser. This was my favorite of the bunch.