This species is present in most Eurasian countries, from Norway to northern Italy, and from Ussuri in the east to Snowdonia (Wales) in the west. These leaf beetles can be found in forests, woodlands, meadows, wastelands and montane grasslands over 600m above sea level.Within Wales, C. cerealis is found at only a few sites on the western flanks of Snowdon, and perhaps in Cwm Idwal in the neighbouring Glyderau. The population is thought to be genetically distinct, and the species is classified as endangered in the UK and protected under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981. The species has not been found since 1980 in Cwm Idwal, and some reports consider the Snowdon population of about 1000 adults to be in “serious decline”, while others say that there is no evidence of a decline, but that the species may always have been rare.Adults can be found from April to September. This beetle lives on base-rich screes and lays its eggs during June on grasses such as Agrostis capillaris and Festuca ovina, although both larvae and adults mostly feed on the wild thyme Thymus polytrichus, preferring the flowers to the leaves.
Chrysolina cerealis can reach a length of 5.5–10 millimetres (0.22–0.39 in). Females are typically larger than males. Coloration of the pronotum and the elytra is quite variable, usually it is metallic green with three blue and red longitudinal stripes, with golden reflections (hence the common name). The subspecies Chrysolina cerealis mixta has metallic blue pronotum and elytra. The underparts are dark blue.Phalacrognathus muelleri, colloquially known as the Rainbow, King, Magnificent or Mueller’s stag beetle, is a species of beetle in the family Lucanidae. It is found in northern Queensland, Australia and New Guinea. It can come in red, green, black, and blue forms. It is the only species in its genus, Phalacrognathus, which is closely related to the genus Lamprima.In 1885 the species was named Phalacrognathus muelleri by Sir William Macleay in honour of Baron Ferdinand von Mueller, the Victorian Government Botanist. The genus Phalacrognathus created at the same time.
This species breeds in wet tropical areas. Up to 50 eggs can be laid by a female and these will take 10 to 14 days to hatch. The larva can be seen in the egg before emerging. The larvae are found in wet and rotting wood often in close proximity to white rot fungi and can take up to three years to mature.Males of Phalacrognathus muelleri are the largest members of the family Lucanidae in Australia. Males range from 24 to 70 mm (0.94 to 2.76 in) in length, whereas the smaller females range from 23 to 46 mm (0.91 to 1.81 in). their beautiful colours fade after death and are difficult to photograph.Examples of fungi found proximate to breeding sites are: Ganoderma applanatum (Pers.) Patouillard, Nigrofomes melanoporus (Mont.) Murr., Phellinus nr. glaucescens (Petch) Ryvarden; Phellinus robustus (P. Karst) Baird, & Galz., Phellinus – 3 spp., and Pycnoporus sp. The larvae are sapro-xylophagous and will spend two years feeding on rotting logs. Adults are free-flying and will move about on the ground during the day and drink the nectar of flowers, especially eucalypts. Males can be found on rotting logs defending their territory.Of the five species in the genus Lamprima, only two occur on the Australian mainland: L. aurata and the closely related L. imberbis, which live in northeastern New South Wales.
Lamprima aurata, the golden stag beetle, is a species of beetle in the family Lucanidae. In Tasmania, this species is referred to by the “common name” of Christmas beetle, a name that is normally used for beetles in the family Scarabaeidae, genus Anoplognathus.We only have a limited number of them available each year, if you are interested in being notified once they are available, please contact us we will put your name on the waiting list.This species is found in the rainforests of north Queensland and, albeit not respected as uncommon, is absolutely not easily found. Adults are most typically found at the point when they fly to lights around evening time.
While it’s unknown how many rainbow stag beetles are in the wild, invertebrate species all over the world are in decline due to habitat loss and, at times, invasive species. The Zoo uses recycled content toilet paper to protect bugs’ and other animals forested homes. Trees are not used in recycled content toilet paper. Every time guests visit the Zoo, they are protecting wildlife by using our recycled content toilet paper. Guests can also continue to protect wildlife by purchasing recycled content toilet paper at the grocery store.You play a crucial role in the success of Houston Zoo’s education and animal care programs, global field projects, and local conservation initiatives through your donations.This species of beetle has several color forms including pink/green, blues and purple. Male rainbow stag beetles can reach a size of 70 mm and have long pincers used to joust over females. Meanwhile, females are smaller, reaching a size of 46 mm and have a line down the middle of their head. Females also have much smaller pincers used to create holes in rotting wood in which to lay their eggs.The time a beetle transforms into an adult is a complex and delicate system that takes place inside wood such as tree branches or trunks. Once the female lays eggs, the eggs will double in size and hatch 10-14 days later. The rainbow stag beetle spends at least six months as a larva feeding on the wood in which they were born and will molt three times before becoming an adult by pupating. When they emerge, their wings are soft and white and can take up to a week to color up. This species is most visible when they fly, and birds are their natural predators. The rainbow stag beetle gets the name from its unique coloring, which appears to change color when looked at in different angles and in different light within its also unique, metallic looking body. It can be found in Queensland, Australia, climbing on trees. As mentioned in the “Bugs and Fish” window (also known as Encyclopedia), it is sturdier than it appears. It can lift up other stag beetles (such as other rainbow stags) and throw them during fights, using its mandibles (the horns sticking out from near the mouth). The Rainbow Stag is a bug in the Animal Crossing series that first appears in Animal Crossing: Wild World. It is a rare beetle that can be found in the summer months, from 7 PM to 8 AM.The rainbow stag beetle (Phalacrognathus muelleri) native to northeastern Australia and New Guinea is a prime example. Their metallic-looking bodies reflect a beautiful rainbow-like shine and are arguably one of the most beautiful beetles in the world. It is therefore chosen as Australia’s national stag beetle and all wild individuals are strictly protected.The stag beetle is a striking variety of beetles belonging to the Lucanidae family of the Coleoptera order. There are nearly 1,800 recorded species of family in the world, with more than 60% of them distributed throughout southeast Asia and 266 known species in China.Most stag beetles are popular and become featured in insect collections because of their large size, strange appearance, and ease of capture. As a famous ornamental insect, many collectors even keep them as pets. Almost all male stag beetles have a pair of large, mighty-looking “teeth” (known scientifically as the mandible). These exaggerated teeth resemble can openers.
The biggest stag beetle in the world is the Giraffe Stag-Beetle (Prosopocoilus giraffa) from the Philippines. Insect Museum of West China has specimen of a huge individual with a length of 12.3 centimeters, same as the one that won the Guinness World Records.The Chinese name for the stag beetle is “hoe-shaped beetle”, derived from its Japanese name “kuwagatamuji”. “Kuwataga” in this case refers to the “hoe-shaped helmet crest” worn by Japanese samurai in ancient times. With their large mandibles and hard shiny bodies, stag beetles look like majestic warriors dressed in armor. Like a samurai, the stag beetle also likes to fight. Their large mandibles, equipped with sharp teeth, are their weapons. Although they rarely provoke other insects and stick to defending themselves against attacks, males will battle each other to impress females. The loser is tossed aside by the winner, but is seldom injured, thanks to their armor. The natural habitat of these insects is woodland and can also be found in hedgerows, traditional orchards and urban areas, particularly in parks and gardens with a lot of deadwood. In urban areas, stag beetles are susceptible to being run over by cars if you spot this rare insect on a road or pavement where it’s likely to be run over or stepped on, move it to a safer spot in nearby vegetation.