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By Terry L    
One from the archive, seen a few in flight this year but not been lucky enough to get one on the ground.

The English name is derived from the large and distinctive mandibles found on the males of most species, which resemble the antlers of stags.
A well-known species in much of Europe is Lucanus cervus, referred to in some European countries (including United Kingdom) as "the" stag beetle (it is the largest terrestrial insect in Europe). Pliny the Elder noted that Nigidius called the stag beetle lucanus after the Italian region of Lucania where they were used as amulets. The scientific name of Lucanus cervus is this word, plus cervus, deer.
Male stag beetles use their jaws to wrestle each other for favoured mating sites in a manner that parallels the way stags fight over females. Fights may also be over food, such as tree sap and decaying fruits. Despite their often fearsome appearance they are not normally aggressive to humans.
Female stag beetles are usually smaller than the males, with smaller mandibles. As larvae, females can be distinguished from males by the presence of cream-coloured, fat ovaries visible through the skin around 2⁄3 down the larva's back.
The larvae feed for several years on rotting deciduous wood, growing through three larval stages until eventually pupating inside a pupal cell constructed from surrounding wood pieces and soil particles. In the final larval stage, "L3", the grubs of larger species, such as Prosopocoilus giraffa, may be the size of a human finger.

Tags: Stag Kent Seeing Beetle Wildlife and nature

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paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2013 4:12PM
Spot on capture. Great pose timing and composition.

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capto Plus
5 4.9k 8 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2013 4:15PM
Smashing shot.Smile

richmowil Plus
9 334 2 England
26 Jul 2013 4:30PM
Super Image!!
Mozzytheboy 7 710 4 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2013 5:00PM
Oh I'm so humbled; I feel it a privilege to view such an awesome image.

JawDborn Plus
6 1.1k 1 England
26 Jul 2013 5:00PM
First class shot, and first class description. I enjoyed both.

Niknut Plus
7 1.7k 76 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2013 5:44PM
Amazing shot !!......wonderful quality !!
franken Plus
15 4.5k 4 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2013 6:27PM
Amazing macro!!

DerekL Plus
13 188 24 England
26 Jul 2013 6:33PM
Great shot.
I can see why you used the long lens for this.

Norfolkboy 11 1 4 England
26 Jul 2013 6:38PM
26 Jul 2013 6:51PM
Great capture.
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2013 6:59PM
Excellent macro,

dave1967 6 4 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2013 7:14PM
Great shot
basith 5 7 Sri Lanka
26 Jul 2013 7:20PM
Great macro !

tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2013 9:09PM
Impressive image to go with a very full description

27 Jul 2013 1:16AM
Great work Terry. Brilliant. Don
SlowSong Plus
9 7.3k 30 England
27 Jul 2013 12:04PM
Impressive beastie and brilliant capture.
27 Jul 2013 9:42PM
Never seen one in the wild, A great image from a lovely POV
Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2013 8:53PM
Stunning shot Terry.
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
13 Aug 2013 6:28PM
Superb macro work Terry.GrinGrinGrin
18 Aug 2013 5:37PM
Great picture. Looking forward to my first male Stag Beetle photo session.
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