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Stag Beetle

Lucanus cervus


Almost 2" long, deep purple, shiny. Mean looking pinchers.


Woods and groves, per Wikipedia. This one was in a small town right in the Luberon national park.


Walked up a few steps to an ATM in a small village in Provence, France this summer. Was holding the handrail and jumped a couple feet as I basically grazed this guy. He sat tight and waited patiently for me to take his picture.

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Mérindol, Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur, Tromelin Island

Spotted on Jun 20, 2011
Submitted on Aug 26, 2011


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