Platycerus caraboides

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Platycerus caraboides
Lucanidae - Platycerus caraboides 1.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Lucanidae
Genus: Platycerus
Species: P. caraboides
Binomial name
Platycerus caraboides
Synonyms
  • Platycerus cribratus Mulsant & Rey, 1863

Platycerus caraboides is a species of stag beetle belonging to the family Lucanidae, subfamily Lucaninae.

These beetles are present in most of Europe, in the Near East and in North Africa.

Platycerus caraboides on beech
Lateral view

Platycerus caraboides has a flat body, green or iridescent blue. It can be easily distinguished as a stag beetle by its elbowed antennae.

The adults grow up to 9–13 millimetres (0.35–0.51 in) long and can mostly be encountered from May through July, flying around during the day in deciduous forests or staying on the ground on rotten branches. The predominantly host-plants are broadleaf plants, but also conifers (mainly Pinus species). The larvae usually live on decayed wood of oak and beech.

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