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Dorcus parallelipipedus, ( lesser stag

Dorcus parallelipipedus, ( lesser stag
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-07-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-08-08 0:26
Viewed: 1221
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dorcus parallelipipedus, the lesser stag beetle, is a species of stag beetle found in Europe.

Both sexes resemble the female stag beetle (Lucanus cervus), though they are a uniformly blackish colour rather than having the chestnut brown wing covers of the larger species. Males have distinctly knobbed antennae, and although their jaws are somewhat larger than those of the females, they are nowhere near as large as those of many other male stag beetles. The lesser stag beetle is similar in appearance to the related antelope beetle (Dorcus parallelus) of North America.

Adults are from 18 to 32 mm (0.7 to 1.3 in) in length. Like those of other stag beetles, the white, C-shaped larvae feeds on wood. Adults as well as larvae are found in very soft decaying wood of broad-leaved trees, especially ash (Fraxinus excelsior), beech (Fagus sylvatica) and apple (Malus spp).

Adults are active in summer and disperse by flying, and sometimes coming to outside lights. This is a widespread species in most of England and is generally common (except in the far north), coming into gardens wherever there are orchards, old hedges or large trees.(Wikipedia)

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Powerful looking Stag Beetle, Siegfried.
Very effective POV from which all the features of this insect are clearly discernible.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-08-08 1:14]

Hello Siggi,
Nice macro of this Stag Beetle. Good sharpness and fine contrasting colours against the grey stony background.

Ciao Siggi, great macro of fantastic beetle, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-08-08 16:09]

Hi Siggi,great capture of this lesser stag beetle,very rare to see there and never seen in my fields.I like the pov from the top and the usual top sharpness,interesting post! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hi Sigi,
great to see such a beetle and even more to take a foto of it. Thanks for showing.

Gran captura, Siegfried!!!

Hernán Ernesto Bortondello

Hello Siegfried,
Very common species (Animal Planet) to me, although haven't face it in natural habitat. Looks very powerful in the Beetle family. Very good DOF and details. Good work....
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice Sunday,

Nice specie Sigi,
Stag beetles (Lucanus cervus) are protected by law in my country because they are a very rare specie and it is in decline...The mails have very large jaws. This specimen has excellent shape. Perfect details and focus.

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