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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 taking off. Photo by Maria Fremlin. Colchester, 7 June 2016.

The 2017 flight season started mid-May this year and by late July was nearly over. It has been a very good season in many parts of their range. Sightings in the The Great Stag Hunt III reached nearly 8,000, an absolute record. Last year's, in spite of a very wet June, the stag beetle sightings in this survey were well over 6,000. In 2015 they reached 6,300. Therefore I urge you to register yours. Collecting this data is very important for the conservation of this charismatic beetle.
This species is being seriously monitored across its range by The European Stag Beetle Monitoring Network. Currently, it has transects in more than 12 countries, Portugal included. Click here if you want to become a volunteer.

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 few requests:
1.   First of all, live females of most European stag beetles are needed for research on their mycangium symbionts; in particular: Sinodendron cylindricum and Platycerus species. Your help would be much appreciated by Dr. Masahiko Tanahashi, who is leading this research.
2.   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.
3.   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.

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: Mon July 24 2017

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