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Lucanus cervus - male #3

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 6 December 2014 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Lucanus cervus

NL: Vliegend hert, Groot vliegend hert, Hertkever (M)
EN: Stag beetle (M)
DE: Hirschkäfer, Hornschröter, Feuerschröter, Donnergugi (M)
FR: Lucane cerf-volant, Grande biche (M)

Image: Prov. Limburg (NL) - 07/07/2014

Lucanus cervus is arguably the most spectacular looking beetle in Europe. The giant antler-like mandibles are used in courtship displays, and wrestling with other males. With a length reaching up to 9 cm. it is one of the largest beetles found in Europe.
Forest management, in eliminating old trees and dead wood, eliminates at the same time the habitat and food of this species. Once quite common, the population of the Lucanus cervus, along with that of other species of beetles which feed on dead wood, is in decline, and is now listed as a globally threatened/declining species.
In Belgium and the Netherlands the species is extremely rare.

Canon EOS 7D 1/50 second F/4.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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Tataze from Bourgogne, France

still impressive. Super Macro

6 Dec 2014 7:37am

Aigleloup from Rebecq, Belgium

Très beau de profil aussi

6 Dec 2014 10:57am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

superbe avec cette partie de gauche

7 Dec 2014 9:17am

Canon EOS 7D
1/50 second
ISO 200
150 mm