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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 9 years ago

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

brainpunk
brainpunk 9 years ago

Beautiful!

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 9 years ago

Nice angle

lori.tas
lori.tas 10 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 10 years ago

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

MartinL
MartinL 10 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 10 years ago

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

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 years ago

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

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 10 years ago

Shining Beetle

Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

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

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