Lucanus Cervus

Luis Montes Barbero

The illustration shows a male of Lucanus cervus species, whose common names is flying deer. It is a coleopter belonging to Lucanidae family. It is extremely recognizable  thanks to its great size and its enormous jaws. It is cosidered the biggest beetle in Europe. In the Iberian Peninsula, they live mainly in the atlantic zone, including the north of Castilla y León and La Rioja. In the East, it is found in the North of Tarragona and in the Iberian mountains. Likewise, there are some populations also in the Central mountains and in the North of Extremadura. Its population is in decline and, in fact, it is a protected species. The main threats to its survival are the died trees cleaning, tree cutting with no repopulation and even its own recollection. Its habitat in maily located in wide-leafed forest areas, like chestnuts and quercus, and in river forests, like ashes, poplars and willows. In the illustration, it has been respresented an individual in rest with its wings on its abdomen.

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