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Golden Stag Beetle (♂)

Lamprima aurata

Description:

A large shiny beetle looking like a cross between a Christmas Beetle and a Rhinocerous Beetle (30mm length with male mouth parts) Metallic colours are very dependent upon lighting angles and very from orange, yellow, green and sometimes even blue tints.

Habitat:

Resting on a green stem.. within 10 metres of a river, in very tall, dense and moist eucalyptus forest

Notes:

Feeds on eucalyptus and wattle and occasionally on other plants? This one is a male. Often bred and kept as pets.
A female was found 3 years later here http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/114...
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Lucanidae
Genus: Lamprima
Distribution in Australia
http://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:b...

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9 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Thanks brainpunk. Lars, lori.tas, Zerlevel, martinl, Sachin. It's almost the season for more like this.

brainpunk
brainpunk 8 years ago

Beautiful!

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 8 years ago

Nice angle

lori.tas
lori.tas 8 years ago

Very nice. I haven't seen any males this last season. I assume there were some and I just missed them.

Zerolevel
Zerolevel 9 years ago

Nice.
I am new in Project Noah and I am already starting to love it!

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

Found about 20 of these last year in a dry rotting stump. Half of them were grubs and they all synched emerging on the same day.

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Right Argy Bee,
but its shining flashed my eyes,,,

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

thanks sachin - but I haven't even finished editing it (lol)

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Shining Beetle

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Spotted on Dec 12, 2011
Submitted on Dec 12, 2011

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