18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Stag beetle portrait

During the month of July, in their short aerial life, the males of Stag beetle think of only two things: mating with as many females as they can and fighting with other males to win this right. At the edge of the forest this male specimen rested on a branch waiting for the next rival in love.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Pellegrino Parmense, Italy
Camera: PENTAX K-5
Copyright: © Maurizio Teruzzi