Hi, Mike. Bugguide.net is showing collecting records on its site from Kentucky, Virginia, & Georgia. No records from Tennessee, but I wouldn't rule it out. Could be that no one has searched for it there. I always live by the motto "Expect the unexpected", especially when it comes to nature!
Sometimes I wonder if the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it. - - Mark Twain
I don't know if you are just hoping to find some in your area or start collecting them but I live in West Virginia and find them pretty easily. I actually have about 6 larvae and 4 adults (2 male, 2 female) if you are seriously looking to get a hold of some. As mentioned above W.VA isn't listed but they are easy to find here. Good luck!
Put a light in the woods in June and maybe some will come to it. You have to place it where there is plenty of dead wood. I usually do it on a new moon or during a crescent and a little beyond that. Jeff Prill
Last Edit: Mar 12, 2012 20:29:32 GMT -8 by prillbug2
They sure do live in TN. MY cousin found them in GA, being the first on ANY site to share the info. I know as a fact that they live in TN, as I saw it on a site. Southern TN sounds very likely. Near Northwest GA. My cousin was near TN, where he found his.
I'm in PA, and have collected the species commonly here as well as in Ohio. I usually take them at blacklights, but have also found the adults and larvae in rotting wood. The wood is usually of a reddish color, in decayed but solid logs - possibly of oak, but the wood was decayed enough that I can't be sure of the tree species. I have also seen quite a few specimens in Lindgren funnel trap samples, usually from traps baited with EtOH. The other good lucanid to search for in TN would be Dorcus brevis - much less common overall than Ceruchus. I took a couple at Cloudland Canyon in NE Alabama/NW Georgia, and this area is only a few dozen miles south of the TN border.
Im affraid not. Those larvae and pupae resemble Tenebrionidae more closely although they are not. But one thing im sure about is that they are not Ceruchus who's larvae are curled like a C. Lucanid/scarabidae larvae are often refered to as curled grubs. The ones pictured are elongated. Good luck, keep looking.
It seems therefore that a taste for collecting beetles is some indication of future success in life!--Charles Darwin
I don't have an actual image of wood from which I've reared - or collected - Ceruchus piceus, so I went on the internet and hunted for a similar example. This image shows the red-rotten stage that I've found them in. I'm not sure of the tree species I found them in, or even if it was a single species or various species of wood, but the stage of decay was always the same. They were always in this kind of solid, slightly damp, red-rotten wood and nearly always in logs lying on the ground - and often fairly large in diameter (1-2'). Hope this narrows down a search image for you.
Last Edit: May 26, 2016 19:02:33 GMT -8 by bandrow
I took a single female Ceruchus piceus in a UV light trap in my back yard last night. Location is in a suburban neighborhood on the outskirts of the Pittsburgh area. Never seen it here before, and there is certainly nothing special about the habitat in the area - yards and some scattered wooded remnants.