stag beetle

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stag beetle

any lamellicorn beetle of the family Lucanidae, the males of which have large branched mandibles

Stag Beetle


(Lucanus cervus), an insect of the family Lucanidae; one of the largest beetles of the fauna of the USSR. The male is up to 7 cm long (without the upper jaws); the head is very large, with protruding ridges and enormous mandibles that resemble the horns of a deer (hence the name). The mandibles are used in combat against other males during the mating season. The body is black, and the elytra are cinnamon brown to chestnut brown.

The stag beetle is distributed in broad-leaved forests; in the USSR it is found in the east as far as the southwestern Urals. The beetle feeds on sap that flows out of trees (mainly from oak); the larva lives in rotting wood. Development of the larva takes four to six years. The stag beetle is not a pest and is subject to conservation.

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Ecologists from Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of York have developed a series of new methods to monitor stag beetle numbers including ginger lures to trap adult beetles and tiny microphones to detect sounds made by the larvae in their underground nests.
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It is not only the fate of the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle, the swift parrot and the wielangta stag beetle which is at stake, but the future of all endangered wildlife.
A rare subspecies of stag beetle found only in the Amanos Mountains of southern Turkey is now threatened with extinction as it is being exploited for sale to beetle enthusiasts in countries like Japan, a local conservationist has warned.
An AXIS 214 PTZ Network Camera from Axis Communications, a provider of network video, has been used by pupils at Herries Preparatory School in Cookham Dean, Berkshire, UK for the development of their studies on the habitat of the stag beetle.
Among the best-known of Durer's nature works, The Stag Beetle on this month's cover is startling, and not only for its artistic presentation.
The first case came to light when two Japanese nationals were detained with 50 pairs of stag beetle at a forest in Palung in the Makawanpur District south of the Nepalese capital in 1999.
Collectors are known to pay as much as [yen] 400,000 for prime specimens of rare breeds, such as Dorcus Antaeus, a stag beetle native to Malaysia.