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Stag beetle

Stag beetle
Copyright ©2006, Dietrich Gloger
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A stag beetle on a tree, in Lobau. These interesting insects became very rare. In Lobau (Vienna), there used to be a lot of them more than ten years ago - this is the first one i have seen since 15 years! They only live 4 to 6 weeks in the beetle-state, while the whole lifetime is about 5 to 8 years as larva.

Photographer: Dietrich Gloger
Folder: Didl's Oly C-7070 pics
Uploaded: 23-Jun-2006 21:18 CEST
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WOW...

Great shot Dietrich.
Never have seen one in the wild , how big are these....

regards,

Fonzy - at 11:41 CEST on 24-Jun-2006 [Reply]

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Fons van Swaal. wrote:
> Never have seen one in the wild , how big are these....
Thanks for your comment, Fons. I read on the net that they can reach 7,5cm in lenght, while sometimes the horns make up half of the entire lenght of the beetle. It is interesting and fun to watch two stag beetles fighting. The stronger one is able to actually throw his opponent a few centimeters. Seen this on tv, but not in reality.
Regards, Dietrich

Dietrich Gloger at 14:35 CEST on 25-Jun-2006 [Reply]

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Dietrich , thanks for the info....;-)
Will keep an eye open next time a be in the forest...

Regards,

Fonzy - at 16:58 CEST on 25-Jun-2006 [Reply]