Chiasognathus grantii

(Coleoptera, Lucanidae)

ENGLISH: Chiasognathus grantii is called by the locals "Ciervo Volante". Is a very, very common Lucanid in both Chile and Argentina. It is also the prettiest and largest chilean Lucanidae. Its larvae live buried in the soil under rotting logs. Specimens can reach 9 cms easily. There are several species within the genus. There are years when thousands of specimens can be seen flying during the hot hours.

ESPAÑOL: El llamado Ciervo Volante es el Lucanido mas bello y de mayor tamaño en el pais. Vive en Chile y Argentina, entre Talca y Aysen. Es muy comun, y en ciertos años se ven muchos miles de ejemplares volando a la hora de calor. Sus larvas viven en el suelo, bajo troncos podridos. Tipicamente asociado a bosques de Nothofaguas.