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Oleg



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:46 pm    Post subject: Stag beetle Reply with quote

Stag beetle. Russia

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice find!. These look alive - ? Sadly I only ever see dead ones.
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Oleg



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ChrisR wrote:
Nice find!. These look alive - ? Sadly I only ever see dead ones.


Hi, Chris Thanks!
They're fine, they are absolutely alive Smile



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oleg--really interesting shots. Are the stag beetles interacting at all--displaying, fighting? Did you find them in such close proximity, or place them there?

Did you learn anything of their behavior by watching them?

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Oleg



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chris S. wrote:
Oleg--really interesting shots. Are the stag beetles interacting at all--displaying, fighting? Did you find them in such close proximity, or place them there?

Did you learn anything of their behavior by watching them?

Otlichno, i ochen moledyetz!

--Chris S.

Hello Chris,
THANKS, place them there Smile They live in the forest, where there are a lot of old trees. I saw those bugs for the first time in my life. now I am very interested to know about them, I saw three bugs
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful!
So in case this is of any use: Stag beetle larvae grow in dead wood. Of that I know little, but I suspect they are mainly subsisting on fungi in the wood, and different species have preferences for certain species of host trees.
The large mandibles of the males are used for 'combat' with other males. They defend a dead tree from rival males, and the male that can do so is more likely to mate with a female that wants to lay eggs in that tree. Their combat generally results in no harm to the loser. They are simply picked up and tossed off the tree.
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Oleg



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MarkSturtevant wrote:
Beautiful!
So in case this is of any use: Stag beetle larvae grow in dead wood. Of that I know little, but I suspect they are mainly subsisting on fungi in the wood, and different species have preferences for certain species of host trees.
The large mandibles of the males are used for 'combat' with other males. They defend a dead tree from rival males, and the male that can do so is more likely to mate with a female that wants to lay eggs in that tree. Their combat generally results in no harm to the loser. They are simply picked up and tossed off the tree.


Thanks,Mark! Smile
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