8 The "Flying Deer", as we call them here (Lucanus cervus) is without a doubt the most spectacular insect in our land. The male which is the one that can have remarkable 8cm antler-shaped mandibles. Sadly it has not been going well for this insect here. There is an organization (E.I.S.) that is collecting info about it's range in order to protect it somehow. The Stag Beetle likes consuming the sap from wounds on oak trees. That is the best place to look for them. You are right, Syd--there ought to be plenty, but with hiking and gardening...I just do not come across them. Nice foto BTW.