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bmathison1972

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Lucanus cervus (Michaels)
« on: November 16, 2018, 10:23:30 PM »
It is that time of the year again, when Halloween decor means more buggies for Blaine! OK, it is a little late for Halloween, but I only got this model today, a gift from a friend who picked it up at her local Michaels store in Minnesota a couple weeks before Halloween. It's a stag beetle. It is fairly stylized, but it seems to be influenced by Lucanus, and given the position of the mandibular teeth I am going with Lucanus cervus (Linnaeus, 1758). You can argue with the identification all you want, this is what I am going with  C:-).

The model is very large and robust. It measures 16.0 cm without and 21.0 cm with the mandibles. It appears bronze but it is actually brown plastic with gold highlights (the gold paint is not very well applied and it flakes off if you are not careful). I had seen these online and I am actually glad it isn't true bronze (metal is one medium I don't collect in, bronze statuettes in particular).

The underside reveals hooks in a couple locations, indicating it was designed to hang on the wall. I'll put mine on the floor with other large plastic figures.

This is something only for taxa-specific collectors like me or fans of fun, novelty-style toys and figures, if you can tear yourself away from museum-quality replicas!

















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Re: Lucanus cervus (Michaels)
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2018, 07:28:09 PM »
 :) I have the male and female Lucanus cervus of these, I bought them in a flowershop over here. Mine where coloured in the actual colours, I repainted them a bit. I post a pic of them tommorow.
To beetle or not to beetle.

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Re: Lucanus cervus (Michaels)
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2018, 10:58:37 PM »
:) I have the male and female Lucanus cervus of these, I bought them in a flowershop over here. Mine where coloured in the actual colours, I repainted them a bit. I post a pic of them tommorow.

Oooo, a female too? Yes, please post yours! They were probably marketed to several stores catering to decorating both in Europe and USA.

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Re: Lucanus cervus (Michaels)
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2018, 06:57:08 PM »
The female has a glossy finish because I sprayed it whit lacquer, because it stands outside in the garden.
I believe they made a flower beetle to.









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Re: Lucanus cervus (Michaels)
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2018, 07:14:56 PM »
oh wow nice. I like the paint job on yours better. Michaels already pulled all of their online Halloween decor so I cannot see a female was available or not. But I will check next year.

Edit: a female was available (here: http://www.bogleech.com/halloween/hall18-michaels.html). Now I need to track one down!!!!!!!!!!!
« Last Edit: November 18, 2018, 07:16:23 PM by bmathison1972 »