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Lucanus cervus - M + M fighting #1

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 8 December 2014 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Lucanus cervus

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.

Canon EOS 7D 1/80 second F/11.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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Tataze from Bourgogne, France

ah, il semble qu'il y ait du combat dans l'air. Super cette photo.

8 Dec 2014 8:10am

Maxine from Christchurch, New Zealand

Well observed image

9 Dec 2014 4:08am

Steyners from Portland, United States

Beautiful valueble image..!

9 Dec 2014 4:41am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

intéressant les pinces

9 Dec 2014 9:02am

Canon EOS 7D
1/80 second
ISO 200
150 mm