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Golden stag beetle

A male Lamprima aurata, one of about 1,200 species of stag beetles. The name is derived from the large and distinctive mandibles found on the males of most species, which resemble the antlers of stags (male deer). Males use their jaws to wrestle each other for favoured mating sites, but despite their often fearsome appearance they are normally not aggressive to humans.

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