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Miyama Stag Beetle (Lucanus maculifemoratus)

Miyama stag beetle of the stag beetle family, is indigenous to Japan and other northeastern Asian countries including Russia, and the Korean peninsula. Their common name Miyama as they are called in Japanese, translates to deep mountains.

Miyama Stag Beetle

Scientific Classification

  • Family: Lucanidae
  • Genus: Lucanus
  • Scientific name: Lucanus maculifemoratus

Physical Description and Identification

Adult

Size: 60 mm (2.36 inches)

Color: They have a brown or black body like most other beetles of their family, with light patches of golden hairs covering their back.

Other Characteristic Features: The horn-like protrusions that these beetles have on their head resemble ears. 

Lucanus maculifemoratus

Larva

They have smooth, glossy skin and mostly remain underground.

Miyama Stag Beetle Larva

Pupa

The pupa appears brownish, closely similar to an adult beetle. The pupation phase also occurs underground.

Egg

 The eggs are small and round, mainly laid underground or on the rotten or dead wood.

Quick Facts

Other NamesDeep mountain stag beetle
Adult lifespan1 – 2 years
Duration of larval stageNot recorded (the larval stage covers a significant portion of their lifespan)
DistributionJapan, Korean Peninsula, and Russia
HabitatMostly in mountainous terrain and regions of higher altitudes
Common PredatorsBirds, and bats
Seasons active fromJuly – August
Host PlantsNot recorded
Diet of larvae and adults Mostly rotten wood
Miyama Stag Beetle Picture

Identifying the Damage Caused By Them

They do not damage the wood and trees, as decayed wood is their main source of food.

Did You Know

  • The miyami stag beetle has seven subspecies; some of them include Lucanus maculifemoratus adachii and Lucanus maculifemoratus dybowskyi.
Miyama Stag Beetle Image

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Miyama stag beetle of the stag beetle family, is indigenous to Japan and other northeastern Asian countries including Russia, and the Korean peninsula. Their common name Miyama as they are called in Japanese, translates to deep mountains.

Miyama Stag Beetle

Physical Description and Identification

Adult

Size: 60 mm (2.36 inches)

Color: They have a brown or black body like most other beetles of their family, with light patches of golden hairs covering their back.

Other Characteristic Features: The horn-like protrusions that these beetles have on their head resemble ears. 

Lucanus maculifemoratus

Larva

They have smooth, glossy skin and mostly remain underground.

Miyama Stag Beetle Larva

Pupa

The pupa appears brownish, closely similar to an adult beetle. The pupation phase also occurs underground.

Egg

 The eggs are small and round, mainly laid underground or on the rotten or dead wood.

Quick Facts

Other NamesDeep mountain stag beetle
Adult lifespan1 – 2 years
Duration of larval stageNot recorded (the larval stage covers a significant portion of their lifespan)
DistributionJapan, Korean Peninsula, and Russia
HabitatMostly in mountainous terrain and regions of higher altitudes
Common PredatorsBirds, and bats
Seasons active fromJuly – August
Host PlantsNot recorded
Diet of larvae and adults Mostly rotten wood
Miyama Stag Beetle Picture

Identifying the Damage Caused By Them

They do not damage the wood and trees, as decayed wood is their main source of food.

Did You Know

  • The miyami stag beetle has seven subspecies; some of them include Lucanus maculifemoratus adachii and Lucanus maculifemoratus dybowskyi.
Miyama Stag Beetle Image

Image Source: inaturalist-open-data.s3.amazonaws.com, i.pinimg.com, mediastorehouse.com, t3.ftcdn.net

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