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Stag Beetle Male450w4836

Nikon D5000. 1/200 F8. Sigma 105mm Macro lens. Integral flash. 16/06/12.

Pair of male Stag beetle facing each other.

Stag Beetle Male450w4865

Nikon D5000. 1/200 F13. Sigma 105mm Macro lens. Integral flash. 16/06/12.

Stag Beetle Andy
Stag Beetle Male450w4829

Nikon D5000. 1/400 F8. Sigma 105mm Macro lens.. 16/06/12.

Stag Beetle Male450w4937

Nikon D5000. 1/200 F13. Sigma 105mm Macro lens. Integral flash. 16/06/12.

Stag Beetle (Lucanus cervus)

Stag Beetle Male450w4838

Nikon D5000. 1/200 F8. Sigma 105mm Macro lens. Integral flash. 14/06/12.

The jaws are used for fighting, wrestling and flipping the opposing male.

Stag Beetle Male450w4924

Nikon D5000. 1/200 F13. Sigma 105mm Macro lens. Integral flash. 14/06/12.

Male Stag Beetle showing its elbowed antennae and its open comb-like club at the end.

The stag beetle is a ‘protected species’, which is listed on Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The major threat for the Stag beetle is loss and removal of their habitat like fallen trees, stumps, dead wood, from which the larvae spend several years feeding on. So this will give some protection by the removing the beetles/ larvae to a safe area nearby. This protection act will also help in providing areas for this magnificent beetle, in parks, gardens and forests. Also, private trade of this species is also banned, so no selling of this beetle on eBay. It is English Nature, which is the agency responsible for the interpretation of the Wildlife and Countryside act, whilst the Metropolitan Police are responsible for enforcing it.

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