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  • n. Plural form of stag-beetle.


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  • Sagueir palms, including some fine Cetonias and stag-beetles.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • In most Coleoptera the female is larger than the male, and it is therefore interesting, as bearing on the question of sexual selection, that in this case, as in the stag-beetles where the males fight together, they should be not only better armed, but also much larger than the females.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • "Well, a puffin is better than three rats, any day " or mice " or that awful hedgehog with fleas that you had " or that pair of stag-beetles " or ..."

    The Sea of Adventure

  • Male alligators have been described as fighting, bellowing, and whirling round, like Indians in a war-dance, for the possession of the females; male salmons have been observed fighting all day long; male stag-beetles sometimes bear wounds from the mandibles of other males; the males of certain other insects have been frequently seen fighting for a particular female who sits by, an apparently unconcerned beholder of the struggle, and then retires with the conqueror.

    The World's Greatest Books — Volume 15 — Science

  • He did the same thing with various insects -- stag-beetles, cock-chafers, and the like.

    The Sexual Life of the Child

  • The ravages of stag-beetles, a notable feature of late seasons, and probably one of the indirect but none the less disastrous results of the Land Valuation policy of the PRIME MINISTER, can be kept down by leaving bowls of caviare mixed with molasses in the places which they most frequent.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, 1920-11-17

  • 'I hate a summer twilight,' returned Brian; 'it always gives me the horrors -- a creepy time, when all sorts of loathsome creatures are abroad -- bats, and owls, and stag-beetles, cockchafers, and other abominations.

    The Golden Calf

  • The natives brought me daily a few insects obtained at the Sagueir palms, including some fine Cetonias and stag-beetles.

    The Malay Archipelago, the land of the orang-utan and the bird of paradise; a narrative of travel, with studies of man and nature — Volume 1

  • She carried in her two young men as naughty boys carry stag-beetles, or other such small deer.

    Phoebe, Junior

  • They glared at each other, measuring their strength; they did not know, indeed, that they had been brought in here to this warmth and light, like the stag-beetles, to make a little amusement for Phoebe; but they were quite ready to fight all the same.

    Phoebe, Junior


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