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stag-beetle at night

stag-beetle at night
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Copyright: Peter Gombar (gpepp) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 26] (97)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot A60
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-01-17 7:24
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I made this picture in last august on the riverbank at night.

European stag beetle: Lucanus cervus

Distribution: Southern and central Europe.

Habitat: Broad-leaved woodlands, especially oak, but also parks and gardens where there are hedgerows, tree stumps and logs.

Size: Dark, violet-brown elytra (wing cases) with reddish-brown antlers (female's antlers are much smaller than the male's). Larva is creamy-white.

Life-span: The larva lives 3-5 years. Adults live only between the months of May and August.

Food: Larva eats rotting wood and roots. It is thought that the adult either eats tree sap or nothing at all.

The stag beetle is Britain's largest insect and one of the most well-known of all the beetles. The male is easily recognised because of his mouthparts which have evolved into enormous jaws, resembling the antlers on a stag's head. Despite their fearsome appearance, these antlers are useless for biting, and are used to fight other males. It is the smaller female we need to be wary of - her tiny antlers may look less threatening but they can inflict a sharp nip!

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It's nice macro Peter.
I like the composition, colours and details.
Well done.

Good capture of what is becoming quiet a rare insect now so many Oak forrests are being felled or cleared of old rotten timber they use for breeding.
Have a look at the details here on the life history so you can use the information to update your note so people can learn more about the image you show, which is what TN is all about.
TFS the flash seems to have worked well and there are no highlights to distract the eye from the main subject.

If there is one beetle, this is it. The Stag is my favorite. A nasty looking fellow. Excelent capture and details. Well done.


Peter, Very good use of flash. I like the composition & POV. Good details..Well done!

Interesting critter, good sharpness, colours and great DOF for your F-2.8. Good diagonal POV. I can't help wondering how on earth this chap manages to look straight ahead, but then maybe he doesn't ;-))

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-17 15:25]

Excellent work here Peter. The sharpness and exposure here is excellent.

Very well done and thanks for posting

I like this one, very common where I live some time ago, but know dissapearing as Robert said. He made a nice compliment of your post. I dont like very much the flash effect in this one, but this time I am sure you had no chance, at least you could see it. Thansk!

Vey nice shot of this impressive beetle. You have used the cameras flash and macro mode very well here. It's a pity that adults only live a few months.

Kedves Péter, szép színkörnyezetben csippentetted meg ezt a tekintélyes harcost.

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  • Jeppe Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 33] (193)
  • [2005-03-19 17:00]

oh what a monster - seems to be missing a leg - I bellieve to know this beetle even its not living in Denmark - thanks Peter, for sharing this fine job and the note to explain.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-03-20 20:38]

wow i'm afraid ! but the picture is wonderfull, colours & sharpness are great,

Very well done Peter,


Hi Peter. This is a very nice shot of an elusive insect. Your pov and DOF are great and you have excellent sharpness. Great composition too. I like stag beetles, used to have lots of them at my last house but not this one - yet. TFS :)

Very good photo:-))

Well done

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-08-11 15:49]

Nice pose, however some overburings and deep shadows present. TFS!

Hi Peter,
very impressive shot of the Stag Beetle,
just seen presented on TN's front page.
Much more than just descriptive.
Perfect details, good colours,
and a very well chosen point of view.
Thanks and regards,
Peter Stoeckl

Wow, what a weird beetle! Beautiful, sharp job! His head is amazing shaped, and color.

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