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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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Mid to late May marks the time of year when stag beetles are likely to be seen, as warmer evenings draw them above ground to find a mate and reproduce.
Two such resource packs recently developed focus on small mammals, such as the dormouse, bank vole and red squirrel, and the greater stag beetle.
Using other methods of trapping insects, such as light traps or traps baited with food, do not work with adult stag beetles because they are not reliably attracted to light and the species does not eat during the adult phase of its life cycle.
Inset, Neil Wyatt, and from top, hedgehog, moth, bat and stag beetle.
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.
Although they look fierce they are actually harmless to humans - they use their big jaws to show-off to females and for fighting other stag beetles.
And more than won has landed in trouble because collecting wild insects, including stag beetles, without permits carries a fine of
In 2001, Japan imported some 680,000 rhinoceros and giant stag beetles from 25 different countries, according to the local branch of the World Wildlife Foundation.
About 319,000 rhinoceros and 364,000 stag beetles were imported, according to the study, which was based on records by plant protection offices nationwide.
Stag beetles are kept as pets and indulgent owners have a variety of products to buy for them at the pet shop, from dietary supplements to wood.
It's the bruising clash of the titans as beetles apparently the size of stags - well, they are stag beetles - lock antlers for control of a twig in this award-winning French documentary which took three years to film.
tips for gardeners | |Create a pile of dead wood to provide stag beetles with their ideal habitat.