Macrophoto of a stag beetle

Macrophoto of a stag beetle

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Stag beetle. Macrophotograph of a male European stag beetle, Lucanus cerrus. Stag beetles have enlarged, antler-like jaws (mandibles). The jaws are used in contests between rival males. The mandibles are used more as a display for intimidating rivals than as weapons in combat. Despite their huge jaws, these large beetles can still fly. Female stage beetles have much smaller jaws, but they are still powerful and can cut through human skin. Stage beetles thrive in damp forests where rotting wood can be found, and there are about 900 species around the world.

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Keywords: animal, beetle, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, lucanus cerrus, mandible, nature, stag, stag beetle, type, wildlife, zoology

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