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Stag Beetle



Stag beetles are usually large and dark in color (the one in the photo was approximately 3.5 cm in length). The males have large branched jaws that resemble a stag's antlers, hence the name stag beetle. They are in the family Lucanidae, of which there are currently about 1,200 identified species. Some stags can grow up to 12+ cm (4.7 in), but typically they are about 5 cm (2.0 in).


Subtropical mountainous area, dense brush and trees, hot and humid, running stream.

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Wesley Oosthuizen
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Wesley Oosthuizen

Spotted on Sep 29, 2015
Submitted on Oct 6, 2015

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