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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.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF300mm f/4L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:20 May 2011 - 10:49 AM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:1/30sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Stag
Username:Terry L Terry L
Uploaded:26 Jul 2013 - 4:10 PM
Tags:Beetle, Kent, Seeing, Stag, Wildlife / nature
Votes:57

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paskinmj
paskinmj  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2013 - 4:12 PM

Spot on capture. Great pose timing and composition.
Matt

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26 Jul 2013 - 4:15 PM

Smashing shot.Smile

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26 Jul 2013 - 4:30 PM

Super Image!!

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26 Jul 2013 - 5:00 PM

Oh I'm so humbled; I feel it a privilege to view such an awesome image.

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26 Jul 2013 - 5:00 PM

First class shot, and first class description. I enjoyed both.

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Niknut
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26 Jul 2013 - 5:44 PM

Amazing shot !!......wonderful quality !!

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franken
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26 Jul 2013 - 6:27 PM

Amazing macro!!

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DerekL
DerekL Plus Member 10152 forum postsDerekL vcard England24 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2013 - 6:33 PM

Great shot.
I can see why you used the long lens for this.

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Norfolkboy
26 Jul 2013 - 6:38 PM

Outstanding.
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leontari
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26 Jul 2013 - 6:51 PM

Great capture.
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ali63
ali63 Plus Member 3662 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2013 - 6:59 PM

Excellent macro,

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dave1967
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26 Jul 2013 - 7:14 PM

Great shot
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basith
basith  3 Sri Lanka
26 Jul 2013 - 7:20 PM

Great macro !

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tomcat
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26 Jul 2013 - 9:09 PM

Impressive image to go with a very full description


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thedon1941
27 Jul 2013 - 1:16 AM

Great work Terry. Brilliant. Don

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SlowSong
SlowSong Plus Member 65218 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2013 - 12:04 PM

Impressive beastie and brilliant capture.
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ChrisWallace
27 Jul 2013 - 9:42 PM

Never seen one in the wild, A great image from a lovely POV
Chris

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Brian65
Brian65  6 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2013 - 8:53 PM

Stunning shot Terry.
Brian

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Maiwand
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13 Aug 2013 - 6:28 PM

Superb macro work Terry.GrinGrinGrin
Ron

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ChloeFT
ChloeFT Junior Member 4 England
18 Aug 2013 - 5:37 PM

Great picture. Looking forward to my first male Stag Beetle photo session.
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