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Adult stag beetles can be found in tree trunks starting from the early part of summer. The mating season starts in late April and can generally end at the onset of the monsoon/autumn season. A few can even be seen as late as August. Female stag beetles live longer than the males, though both adults live only for a few weeks. The average Lucanus Cervus has a minimum lifespan of about 3 years, with a significant part of their lives spent underground in several developmental (instar) stages, when the larvae convert into pupae.
 
Adult stag beetles can be found in tree trunks starting from the early part of summer. The mating season starts in late April and can generally end at the onset of the monsoon/autumn season. A few can even be seen as late as August. Female stag beetles live longer than the males, though both adults live only for a few weeks. The average Lucanus Cervus has a minimum lifespan of about 3 years, with a significant part of their lives spent underground in several developmental (instar) stages, when the larvae convert into pupae.
  
The female stag beetles lay their eggs underground. The depth is usually 30-50 cm, 100 at most. The eggs are placed in proximity to decaying wood. At birth, the larvae are blind and shaped like the letter “C”.The larvae grow for a long time, feeding on decaying wood from tree stumps, compost heaps, old trees, and shrubs. The larvae use their legs for communication with each other in a process called stridulation.
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The female stag beetles lay their eggs underground. The depth is usually 30-50 cm, 100 at most. The eggs are placed in proximity to decaying wood. At birth, the larvae are blind and shaped like the letter “C”.The larvae grow for a long time, feeding on decaying wood from tree stumps, compost heaps, old trees, and shrubs. The larvae use their legs for communication with each other in a process called stridulation.
  
 
The complete transformation of the larvae to pupa varies upon places and the associated weather, as well as availability of resources. For example, in Germany, it may take 5-6 years, and at most up to 8 years. The larva can reach up to 10 cms of body height towards the end of the development stage. The adults hatch in October, but remain inside the pupae for hibernation and hardening their exoskeletons.
 
The complete transformation of the larvae to pupa varies upon places and the associated weather, as well as availability of resources. For example, in Germany, it may take 5-6 years, and at most up to 8 years. The larva can reach up to 10 cms of body height towards the end of the development stage. The adults hatch in October, but remain inside the pupae for hibernation and hardening their exoskeletons.

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