Australian Rainbow Stag Beetle greeting card
Australian native insect greeting card
Rainbow Stag Beetle - Phalacrognathus muelleri
Reproduced from an original watercolour painting by Cheryl Hodges
Greeting card 10 x 15cm, blank inside with recycled brown envelope
Text on reverse of card reads:
This beetle with its striking rainbow coloured metallic elytra (wing cases) is native to forests in Queensland and Papua New Guinea. Larvae will usually be found in logs where they eat rotting wood. Males grow up to 70mm and females up to 46mm. Males have large mandibles primarily used to fight for a mate. These beetles are good fliers and most active at night.