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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.

It looks as if the stag beetle flight season is now past the peak; the sightings on the ongoing PTES survey - The Great Stag Hunt III - have now overshot 5000. I urge you to register yours as well. Null records (eg 'I looked but I didn't find any') are equally useful.
If you have any interesting observations do not hesitate to email me as I enjoy receiving your emails. Thanks to your 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.
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: Thu Jul 2 11:21:15 BST 2015

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