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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.
The first stag beetle of the season, a very early male. Photo by Tim Mendham. Colchester, 10 March 2015.

The 2015 stag beetle flight season was very well publicised; so the sightings on the PTES survey - The Great Stag Hunt III - went over 6,300! A very good response and probably a very good season as well. I urge you to register yours, if you haven't done so already.
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, last year's highlight was the discovery that stag beetles can fall prey to false widow spiders.
Currently, I would like to develop a page about the fungi associated with their nests. Please, watch out for any toadstools in the places where you have found their larvae and then send me your photos.
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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