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Golden Stag Beetle

Lamprima aurata

Description:

Golden Stag Beetle (Lamprima aurata), female. They are commonly known in Australia as "Christmas beetles" because they, along with some other species of brightly colored beetles, appear around Christmas time.

Habitat:

Mixed dry sclerophyll bush and native grassland.

Notes:

She's a bit dusty, but her colors were still truly iridescent.

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4 Comments

lori.tas
lori.tas 9 years ago

Thanks. She kept moving, so I had to have my head down in the grass to get the photo. What we do for "art". ;)

I love the blue legs - they're my favorite bit.

mel_abbott1984
mel_abbott1984 9 years ago

oh wow :) What a nice clear shot!

lori.tas
lori.tas 10 years ago

Hi Yasser, I've yet to see one of the males, but I'm on the look-out. Mostly we only get to see them flying by, but rarely landing.

Yasser
Yasser 10 years ago

Beautiful beetle!

lori.tas
Spotted by
lori.tas

Tasmania, Australia

Spotted on Jan 10, 2011
Submitted on Jan 19, 2011

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