Saturday 26 July 2014

Stag beetle

Anabel found a 60mm long, dead male stag beetle (Lucanus Cervus) in the garden. Its wing cases were closed but its legs were wrapped under its body. About a week later the wing cases had opened a little bit and it was accompanied by the pupa-like objects in the bottom photo. These are 6mm long. Pretty sure they are not stag beetle larvae and even if they were, why emerge from the dead body of a male? Any clues? As well as these, you can also see some small scale like bugs on the mandibles of the stag beetle. I'm not sure whether these are ante- or post-mortem parasites.

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1 comment:

  1. Wow! What a creature. And then creatures on the creature ... I'm getting creeped.