Visitors... by peadar

Visitors...

Our weekend of hosting continued so not much time for 365 - however, we did get this other visitor in the garden today. He was about 2" (50mm) in length not counting the mandibles, and looked quite fearsome - although he did pose very gracefully for me whilst I was fiddling about with macro lens converters and the like! If you have the time, do view large on black (click on the photo), I think it's worth it.

I had to look him up, and it would seem this is Lucanus cervus, a common stag beetle. I hadn't realised there are over a thousand species of stag beetle, many of which are threatened or endangered. The massive jaws look fearsome but apparently pose no threat to humans, being used mainly to fight other stag beetles.

Many thanks for all your recent comments, all are very much appreciated.
Cute but ugly at the same time! Fav
June 16th, 2019  
He is magnificent as is this photo!
June 16th, 2019  
Crikey, quite ferocious but really most impressive, great shot
June 16th, 2019  
Nice photo. You lucky to have them. I have never seen one in the uk.
June 16th, 2019  
Wow he looks fierce. How nice of him to pose for you. fav.
June 17th, 2019  
Fabulous close up shot! Fav
June 17th, 2019  
Creepy... and so cool.
June 17th, 2019  
An intimidating look for sure. Super clear macro; very nice!
June 17th, 2019  
super cool, fabulous capture! fav
June 17th, 2019  
Such a fierce face.
June 17th, 2019  
Yes that is a stag beetle. What an amazing photo! It looks as if he's in a stand off with you! Though I assume you aren't another stag beetle so it's more likely he was just stunned by your photographic acrobatics
June 17th, 2019  
June 17th, 2019  
Quite impressive !
June 17th, 2019  
Goodness me, he does look scary!
PS you'll enjoy the train connection on mine today methinks!
June 17th, 2019  
This could be a common stag beetle, or it could be some alien from classic 1950s scifi! A fearsome shot - fav!

Ian
June 17th, 2019  
Fantastic macro 👍
June 17th, 2019  
Wow, that is a great macro shot Peter!
June 17th, 2019  
Seems like a scout from outer space ;).
June 17th, 2019  
had a quick look, and he looks so real, so many details. wow
fav
June 17th, 2019  
Like your visiter, he is very photogenic!
June 17th, 2019  
Great visitor. Love your pov. Fav!
June 17th, 2019  
What an awesome shot Peter!!
June 17th, 2019  
He looks huge ! Wonderful macro !
June 18th, 2019  
Very super!
June 19th, 2019  
Impressive guy!
June 21st, 2019  
The aliens have landed!
July 7th, 2019  
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