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The Stag Beetle, or Lucanus, pp.338-339.

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   IS a very curious insect, having upon its head two horns, not unlike the smaller prongs of a lobster’s claw, which meet together at the end and pinch severely whatever they can get hold of. They have a largish corselet, armed on the sides with points, and the body contains on the back, the wings which are curiously folded under a case, composed of two valves, and the substance of which is transparent, and looks like fine tortoise-shell. They fly in summer evenings in groves and in lime-tree walks, and when caught keep alive for a long time without food. They were of course grubs at first, and then larvæ, before they parvened to the winged state. 

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