Stag beetles Lucanus cervus
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 10:11:33 PM
There were females too.
They are a bit of a pain to photograph as they come out when its getting (or is) dark and their reflective exoskeleton makes them hard to use the flash on.
They also have a habit of falling over and crash landing, ending up on their backs. They are suprisingly strong and would make their legs go ridged when you tried to turn them back over. So I gave up with one and got a photo of the underside!
After a few nights I did manage to get a grip on these problems and started to try some more creative shots:
A side view of the males head.
Head on shot
And one I think I got the flash and exposure just right, in a natural setting.
Finally I also spotted this field mouse running around and managed this grab shot.