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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Just perfect! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-06-25 10:37
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 54
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Stag beetles are a group of about 1,200 species of beetle in the family Lucanidae, presently classified in four subfamilies[1] Some species grow up to over 12 cm (4.8 in), but most are about 5 cm (2 in).

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 the United Kingdom as "the" stag beetle (it is the largest terrestrial insect in the UK). 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 3 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.

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Buna Marius,
Superba captura asa cum ne-ai obisnuit. Culorile, detaliile, clacritatea, lumina si fundalul blurat sunt perfecte.
Numai bine,

wonderful subject marius, excellent light and details, congratulations for the picture,

have a nice evening,

ciao, tino

Hi Marius,

Fantastic shot of this monster beetle. Good POV & great sharpness.
The jaws are really scary. Well done & TFS.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-06-25 13:22]

Hello Marius,
From a great POV that shows him well, this a is a super sharp capture of a male stag beetle. the natural colours, BG , composition and lighting contribute to a top quality image of a species that I long to photograph but it is not common in Sweden.
Thank you and have a good Sunday,
best regards,

ciao Marius, wonderful beetle with fantastic details, superb macro, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my firend, bravo, ciao Silvio

Hi Marius,
really excellent photo. Great sharpness and depth of field. Nice natural colours. Perfect composition.
Have a nice Sunday,

Hello Marius friend!
This is an extremely good picture, I think is one of the best macros I've seen! ... Holy heavens ... Enviable! Congratulations friend Mario, better impossible!
Reagards, TFS

Ciao Marius. Razor sharp and superb best light's management. One of the best macro recently seen MF. Best compliments!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-25 16:00]

Hi Marius,this is the pic of a day! Fantastic pov and inredible total focus and sharpness,a very interesting and rare specie to see there,just my greats compliments,a very professional work.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-06-25 17:45]

Hello Marius!
it is really really REALLY a amazing shot! A perfect shot! great sharpness and excellent POV and control of brightness! Bravissimo! TFS
Nice w-end!

Perfect photo Marius!! Just Perfect

Hi Marius,
This is such a wonderful image. Great focus! It is unbelievabley sharp. I love how it is looking out around the tree, it gives this a great blurry background. What a great find for you.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-06-26 0:31]

Foarte fain surprinsa!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-26 1:57]

Hello Marius,
Waht a fantastic photo of this beetle. Excellent in all aspects. High quality!

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-06-26 2:03]

Stunning capture! The beetle posed just right for you! Great colors and details!



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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-06-26 2:59]

Hello Marius,
today there are many of beetles on TN but none can be so wonderful as yours. Excellent work, superb pose you managed to catch, very good composition.
Regards, Pawel

Hallo Marius,
a fantastic macro shot, outstanding sharpness and incredible details, marvellous colour tones, excellent poitn of view and composition
Best regards

Hallo Marius,
this is a great picture from you. I can't find anything to complain here.
Fantastic sharpness with a pleasant DOF, the whole insect in good focus and still stand out fine from the BG;
The pictuer is also well exposed with accurate WB sp the colours are fine and natural.
Very fine work, mf.

Fabuloso trabajo Marius. Luz, color.... preciosos, aunque a mi lo que
más me sorprende es la especie. Este tipo de insectos cada vez son menos abundantes por aquí.
Gran profuncidad y sorprendente nitidez: extraordinario trabajo.
Saludos y buena semana: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Marius,
Fantastic macro of this Beetle, superb details sharpness and excellent depth of field, very nice lighting and lovely natural colours, nicely done and presented,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice Sunday,
Best Regards,

A killer shot with fantastic clarity, depth of field and detail Marius!
What a detail and what a monster indeed! Bravo!
George Veltchev

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-06-26 11:22]

Hi Marius.
Wow! Very impressive pose. Excellently captured the perfect viewing angle. Sharpness of detail is amazing, as well as ideal light and beautiful natural colors. Really like the composition. Again, your perfect job with the camera. Congratulation and thanks for sharing.
Best regards

amazing capture from my mother's hometown, greetings Ori

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-06-26 15:41]

Hello Marius,
Excellent macro shot of this interesting bug with excellent sharpness and splendid colours.The POV,composition and details are wonderful.TFS.

hello Marius
great sharpness picture with super good details and beautiful colours
GREAT shot
greeting lou

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-06-30 11:23]

Hello Marius,
I envy you having seen and photographed this fabulous Beetle shown here in a fine position on the tree trunk. Excellent focus showing fantastic details and colours. Very well framed too!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hi Marius,
impressing large male of the Stag Beetle, very well captured against a sft distant background in its threatening pose. Excellent details all over the beetle, well controlled natural colours with a fine display of gentle hues even in the shadow parts, nicely composed in a dynamical way.
Thank you! With best regards,

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