Lam­prima au­rata (pur­ple male)

14–32mm

Australian Geographic - - Geo buzz -

This is a pur­ple form but the golden stag bee­tle’s colour ranges from red/ golden-red to near-black. Found in east­ern NSW, ACT, Vic­to­ria and Tasmania, like other Lam­prima it breeds in de­cay­ing logs, mainly eu­ca­lypts, but also she-oaks ( Ca­sua­r­ina, Al­lo­ca­sua­r­ina) and even in­tro­duced wil­lows.

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