General Description

Body oval and shiny. Colour varies; green, red, blue or purple all over body. Males have larger bodies and larger jaws (mandibles) than females. Body up to 3 cm long, usually 1.5 - 2.5 cm.

Biology

Golden Stag Beetles move around on the ground during the day but are free flying and will visit flowers (especially eucalypts) to get a nectar drink. The males defend a territory on top of rotting logs. The larvae look like curl grubs and lie sideways on the soil beneath the rotting logs on which they feed.

Distribution

South-eastern mainland Australia and Tasmania (mainly Victoria).

Habitat

Dry sclerophyll forest.

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