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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.
Male stag beetle. Photo by Maria Fremlin. Colchester, 24 June 2015.

During the 2015 stag beetle flight season the sightings on the PTES survey - The Great Stag Hunt III - went over 6,300! And the 2016 season is on the point of starting. I urge you to register your sightings there, please.
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.
Currently, I've got a couple of requests:
1.   I would like to rear the Rhinoceros beetle (Sinodendron cylindricum) but I haven't got them in my area. If you find some, please collect them for me.
2.   Please, watch out for any toadstools in the places where you have found their larvae and then send me your photos. This because I would like to develop a page about the fungi associated with their nests.
See you soon ;-)
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: Thurs May 05 2016

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