National Insect Week returns in 2020
Lucanus cervus – (family Lucanidae)
The male stag beetle – with its huge antler-like mandibles that are used in fights with other males – is the largest British land beetle. The larvae feed on decaying wood and their development takes up to five years. Due to overzealous clearance of dead wood their numbers have declined greatly and the stag beetle is now a protected species. It is still found in several parts of southern England, where it is increasingly dependent on habitat conservation in gardens and parks.
For more information, see the PTES’s Biodiversity Action Plan for stag beetles Great Stag Hunt.