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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: 2012-06-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-03 9:33
Viewed: 3159
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

This STAG BEETLE was ready to fly and I have only one second to take this shoot....

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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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-06-03 9:49]

Hello Marius.
Superb macro shot.Details are razorsharp.Colors,lighting and composition are excellent.Thanks for sharing.Best regards Siggi

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2012-06-03 10:16]

Buna Marius,

Ai surprins radasca intr-o superba postura ! Detaliile si claritatea sunt excelente! Anul acesta inca nu am intalnit nici o radasca vie - din pacate am vazut doua - pe o sosea in padure - strivite de masini !

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-06-03 10:50]

Hi Marius,a great timing to take this beetle whit the open wings and a spectacular capture,i like the point of view and the magnificent details and brightness.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Marius, great mkacro of fantastic beetle, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Marius.
Splendida cattura di questo cervo volante, con dei colori meravigliosi ed un’ottima nitidezza.bella la composizione complimenti.
Ti auguro una buona settimana ciao Marco.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-06-03 11:43]

A very dramatic capture, Marius!

The beetle looks like some mechanical contraption! Nice sense of motion. Unusual and intreating POV.

Well done!


Buna Marius,
O poza interesanta si foarte energetica in aceasta insecta.Compozitie buna ca detalii si culorile.O imagine foarte reusita.Felicitari

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-06-03 12:21]

Hello Marius,
A macro taken in a perfect timing. Fantastic to see the Stag Beetle in this pose with open wings. Excellent sharpness, details, composition, blurred background and beautiful colours.

hello Marius
super good sharpness picture with great details
very good moment to see many things
greeting lou

WOAH!!!!! Onguard!!! TOUCHE ouch is on the way! dang this is scary looking! LOVE IT TFS!

Hello Marius,

Excellent macro with fine details, action & timing. Very nicely composed & presented.

TFS & best wishes!


Hi Marius,
interesting beetle. Excellent point of view. A lot of details. Nice composition.
Have a nice week,

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2012-06-04 0:55]

Hello Marius,
The excellent beetle and taking in splendid dynamic pose.I haven't met this species yet.
Regards, Pawel

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-06-04 6:26]

Stag beetle taking off here, fine times and image. tfs.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-06-06 7:14]

Hi Marius,
Excellent macro shot. Good pose, Nice colours and excellent details.
Regards Jiri.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2012-06-09 11:06]

Hello Marius,
A fantastic and very well-timed capture of this impressive Beetle! I hope we'll be able to see it here this summer! Excellent sharpness and natural colours against the light background.
Many thanks and best regards, Ulla

wow, outstanding moment in your picture !

excellent capture !

ciao, tino

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