Lucanus cervus

Lucanus cervus

Lucanus cervus

Lucanus cervus is the common Stag Beetle in the family Lucanidae.


The horns of the Stag are shaped like a C at the tip. The shell is a dark maroon as well as the horns. The head is somewhat square shaped. Female stags have strong mandibles.


The Stag's habitat is destroyed by forest management that chop down rotten wood. Because the Stag relies on this, it consumes the wood off of wood posts. Their communication is by the special organ applied to the leg. At night, they fly around at forests. Their larva feed on the wood.

Stag beetles are hunted by many predators, disturbing the population. Their only defence is stiffness.

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