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Stag beetles — All they need is love and wood

Initially Stag Beetles for Everyone was dedicated to the European stag beetle Lucanus cervus, but over the years other species have crept in. Please, see all the featured stag beetles here, or feel free to use the search bar.

European stag beetle Lucanus cervus: Male stag beetle.
Stag beetles: female, left, and male, right. Photo by Maria Fremlin.

The 2021 stag beetle season has started at the end of May, when the weather finally warmed up. Last year's season was absolutely extraordinary. Sighitings in the The Great Stag Hunt III went well over 16,000; more than twice the normal average. A wonderful response, probably because during Lockdown people turned to Nature. It certainly was a very dry warm period.
I urge you to keep registering your sightings of adults and larvae. Collecting this data is very important for the conservation of this charismatic beetle. In the UK Lucanus cervus is a Priority Species for Conservation, but in the continent is a Red List species. Consequently, this stag beetle is being seriously monitored across its range by The European Stag Beetle Monitoring Network. Currently, there are transects in 7 countries and partners in 14 countries all over the range of the stag beetle. One of the countries with a very successful monitoring scheme is Portugal.

If you have any interesting observations do not hesitate to email me as I enjoy receiving your emails. This website is a result of your stimulating feedback. There is always something new to learn about these fascinating beetles. For instance, the highlight in 2014 was the discovery that stag beetles can fall prey to false widow spiders.
Contact: Maria Fremlin.

”Science is the most extraordinary collective effort of mankind”, quoting my late father-in-law, John Heaver Fremlin.

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Last modified: 3 June 2021

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