Even though the beautiful horn-like jaws of the males look so powerful and majestic, stag beetles are sadly extinct in some regions and are declining across many others. They spend most of their life (up to SIX YEARS!!!) underground as larvae feeding on rotting wood. Their adult lives pass by in a comparative blink of an eye - just a few months. A few months of enjoyment though I hope, as they feed on fruit juice, tree sap and water before expiring.
There's an incredible animation by Mikey Please which is as beautiful, majestic and poetic as the stag beetle and its lifecycle, called The Eagleman Stag. It's amazing. You can see it here: https://vimeo.com/41756240
Open edition pigment ink print on archival quality paper (310gsm). Signed and dated.
This print comes unframed (framed photo is for reference only).