Hi, and welcome to world of giant beetles!
Japan is probably the biggest bug-collecting country out there, and even more so is their love of giant fighting beetles! I have found it fascinating that Japan idolizes these beetles as more than a thing of fun and games, but as ways to learn about these amazing creatures. Heck, they even have vending machines with beetles in them!
TheEnglish name is derived from the large and distinctive mandibles found on the males of most species, which resemble the antlers of stags. A well-known species in much of Europe is Lucanus cervus, referred to in some European countries (including United Kingdom) as “the” stag beetle (it is the largest terrestrial insect in Europe) Pliny the Elder noted that Nigidius called the stag beetle lucanus after the Italian region of Lucania where they were used as amulets. The scientific name of Lucanus cervus is this word, plus cervus, deer. Male stag beetles use their jaws to wrestle each other for favoured mating sites in a manner that Parallel the way stags fight over females. Fights may also be over food, such as tree sap and decaying fruits. Despite their often fearsome appearance they are not normally aggressive to humans.
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