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