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_____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Beetles 2 – Lesser Stag Beetles

 

 

A insect on the ground

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                                                                                                                                                            LESSER STAG BEETLE Dorcus parallelipipedus

 

A insect on the ground

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                                                                                                                                                            LESSER STAG BEETLE Dorcus parallelipipedus

 

A insect on the ground

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                                                                                                                                                            LESSER STAG BEETLE Dorcus parallelipipedus

 

A insect on the ground

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                                                                                                                                                            LESSER STAG BEETLE Dorcus parallelipipedus

 

·         The Lesser Stag or Dorcus Beetle Dorcus parallelipidedus resembles a scaled-down version of a female Stag Beetle Lucanus cervus but in the case of the former there is only a limited degree of sexual dimorphism with the males generally being slightly larger and in possession of more robust mandibles of a similar shape to those of the females. The Lesser Stag Beetle is more widespread in its distribution and the adults are significantly longer lived than those of the Stag Beetle. They inhabit similar decaying wood habitats (although the wider distribution of the Lesser Stag Beetle suggests that it is perhaps able to exploit a wider range of tree species) the two will often be found together at sites supporting the Stag Beetle.

 

·         David’s short film of Lesser Stag Beetles preparing for their nuptial flights may be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWTM1NbzviI&list=PL4AirIEc0Noe58JDbuPk8N57rTJFjm66E&index=10&t=0s .

 

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