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Yesterday we were sitting on a porch and suddenly a wild bug appeared. It was completely black1 and had no horn etc. It just looked like a common bug without any special features. Okay, nothing special so far, but it was huge! The insect was about 5 cm long. I've never seen such an animal before. Also, the guy was able to fly. After taking a nap on our table he flew away. The flight was a little bit turbulent. It hit every wall, lamp etc. it could find :)

Is one able to identify it without any picture and this vague information? This happened in South Germany (Central Europe) around 10:00 P.M..


Footnotes:

  1. It was completely matt black. Not a single different color or a slightly shining green etc.
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Female stag beetle??

They don't have horns.

Female stag beetles are usually smaller than the males, with smaller mandibles.

and seem about the right size:

Some species grow up to over 12 cm (4.7 in), but most are about 5 cm

There are several species and they vary in size too. Pretty much all beetles can, and do, fly.


Another option would be the Blaps lethifera:

Blaps lethifera

  • Thanks for your try, but it wasn't that one :( It was really black. Just completely matt black. – OddDeer Jul 28 '16 at 9:46
  • Updated @OddDeer – user2766 Jul 28 '16 at 12:40
  • Seems right! :) Especially because we immediately shouted: "That's a stag beetle!" However, as we investigated the beetle, we saw that it doesn't have that "antler". We didn't have the a female version in mind :) Thanks! – OddDeer Jul 28 '16 at 13:06

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