Mt Mangana Stag Beetles

I have been working on some drypoint collographs and some paintings of the Mt Mangana Stag Beetle (Lissotes menalcas).  I have never seen one.  They are large flightless beetles,  only found here on Bruny Island and in a few other locations  in  Southern Tasmania.  Their status is “VULNERABLE” (Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act 1995) due to its restricted distribution, low  population density  and  loss of habitat bedause logging and deforestation.  Given its dependence on decaying logs for all parts of its life-cycle, any land-use activity that will impact on existing habitat or interrupt the future supply of decaying logs threatens the Mount Mangana stag beetle.  

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