Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Rainbow Stag Beetle ( Male )

Phalacrognathus muelleri

Description:

It is large sized with a metallic green and purple body sheen that makes it one of the most attractive beetle species in Australia. Named after the strong,antler-like, curved mandible jaws These are notably longer in the male than the female. Males can range from 3.5 to 6.0 centimeters on average, though specimens can be as large as 7 cm. Females are significantly smaller ranging from 2.5 to 4.0 cm.

Habitat:

It is restricted to wet areas in North Queensland rainforests, where it lives among rotting logs and tree stumps.

Notes:

Diet: Despite this armoury stag beetles are mainly vegetarians. Adults feed on nectar, young leaves, sap and fruit.

Species ID Suggestions



Sign in to suggest organism ID

9 Comments

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Thanks Satyen

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Beautiful!

ShannaB
ShannaB 8 years ago

WOW...

zapabio
zapabio 8 years ago

Wow, great methalic colours!!!

mali.mali.shelly
mali.mali.shelly 8 years ago

Lucanus cervus

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 8 years ago

Very nice spotting

MarcoAntonio
MarcoAntonio 8 years ago

WOW!!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Thanks Bernadette, these pics dont do it justice, this beetle was amazing, unbeleivable colouring.

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 8 years ago

What amazing colors!

MacChristiansen
Spotted by
MacChristiansen

Australia

Spotted on Sep 22, 2012
Submitted on Sep 22, 2012

Spotted for Mission

Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors

Join the Project Noah Team Join Project Noah Team