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Endangered beetles of Slovakia

Endangered beetles of Slovakia
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StampNews.com is glad to inform that Slovakia Post is to issue two stamps from the series "Nature Protection: Sitno National Nature Reserve". The items feature images of two endangered kinds of beetles - Lucanus cervus and Oryctes nasicornis - that inhabit in Sitno National Nature Reserve. The issue is to be released on the 10th of October.

The European rhinoceros beetle (Oryctes nasicornis) is a large flying beetle belonging to the family Dynastinae. Oryctes nasicornis reach a length of 20–40 millimetres, with a maximum of 60 millimetres. It one of the largest beetles found in Europe. Elytra are reddish brown with a glazed appearance. The underside of the body and the legs are covered with long red hair. The male's head is topped by a long curved horn (hence its common name), while the females have no horns.

Dim, the beetle from the Disney and Pixar film, A Bug's Life, is a European rhinoceros beetle.

Lucanus cervus is the best-known species of stag beetle in the West (family Lucanidae), and is sometimes referred to simply as the stag beetle. In the UK it is associated with urban gardens, but is more commonly found in forests in the rest of Europe. Forest management, in eliminating old trees and dead wood, eliminates at the same time the habitat and food of this species. Once quite common, the population of the Lucanus cervus, along with that of other species of beetles which feed on dead wood, is in decline, and is now listed as a globally threatened species.

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