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LUCANUS CERVUS, MANTIS RELIGIOSA, AGLAIS URTICAE - Some rare guests...

Although this website is dedicated to the lacerta bilineata, every once in a while I'll share pictures of some of my garden's other residents or visitors with you. I was very fortunate to capture the creatures you see below on camera. Sadly, they've become somewhat rare guests in my garden, especially in recent years. The European stag beetle (lucanus cervus) usually only flies at dusk from May till late June or early July, and since it's not a common sight in general I felt particularly lucky when one practically landed on our Jahtzee game, and there was still enough light to take a picture. Even rarer was the visit of this European mantis (mantis religiosa) which on top of not being very common is also very hard to spot in the grass or between leaves due to its color and shape. Finally, the small tortoiseshell (aglais urticae) used to be one of the most common butterflies when I was a kid in the early eighties, while I only rarely see it these days (note: maybe that's a regional phenomenon as the species officially isn't threatened, and its numbers aren't in decline).



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