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Golden staghorn beetle (female)

Lamprima aurata


The Golden Stag Beetle, Lamprima aurata is a species of beetle in the Family Lucanidae. It measures between 15 and 25 mm in length and is relatively common in the East of Australia. It feeds mainly of vegetation like Eucalyptus or Acacia.


Dry sclerophyll bushland.


The male is golden, and has large antennae, which gives the species their common name. The females are mainly metallic green and orange, while their legs are electric blue. The are also commonly called 'Christmas beetles' because that is the time of year they emerge.

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KarenL 6 years ago

Awesome capture Lori!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 years ago

These are stunning photos, Lori. A wonderful spotting.

lori.tas 6 years ago

Thanks Leanne for giving me a prod to post something. She was clearly wanting to fly away, so I just kept snapping. So hard to get the timing right Serge. A lot of luck involved.

LeanneGardner 6 years ago

Such a great series. The first photo is a cracker!

Great series Loritas,congrats and thanks for sharing

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 6 years ago

I love these open wings photos!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Yeah I'm glad my partner is a bugger too :-)

lori.tas 6 years ago

Thanks Mark. That blue is my mouse pad. My partner has a habit of leaving bugs in jars in front of my computer. Best partner.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Fabulous wings shot. Very nice on blue.

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Dysart, Tasmania, Australia

Spotted on Jan 16, 2014
Submitted on Feb 11, 2014

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