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Istvan Natart

Joined September 2010

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This shot is one of my favorites, so let me add a short comment on it.

The STAG BEETLE (Lucanus cervus)is the largest terrestrial insect in Europe. They can grow up to 10 cm, though the females are smaller. Unfortunatelly they can be rarely found because of their more and more decreasing habitat. In the last ten years I met them only twice. Now I was very lucky as passing by an oak forest I came across a female stag beetle. Supposing if there is one, I can find more last week I put everything away and spent 6 to 8 hours a day with trying to find them. During this time I succeeded in watching and getting shots of several of these beetles.
In this shot I captured the fight between two males. When a female is met by more males they wrestle eachother for the female using their jaws. They try to turn eachother to the back or throw it down from the tree. Then the winner mates the female beetle.

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