Lesser stag beetle.

Lesser Stag Beetle

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The lesser stag beetle looks like a smaller version of a female stag beetle.

Lesser stag beetle.

Lesser stag beetle (Dorcus parallelipipedus), Békéscsaba, Hungary.

Unlike Lucanus cervus, the lesser stag beetle has a more uniform dark coloration. Male and female lesser stag beetles look alike, the males do not have antler-like mandibles.

Lesser Stag Beetle.

Lesser stag beetle (Dorcus parallelipipedus), Kőris-hegy, Hungary.

Further Readings:

Dorcus parallelipipedus on Wikipedia.
Lesser Stag Beetle – Dorcus parallelipipedus.
Last updated: August 30, 2016

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