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Stag beetle larvae

Stag beetles spend most of their lives in the larval stage and soon or later gardeners in favoured areas are bound to disturb them. Unfortunately, this can have disastrous consequences for the larvae if people have no idea how they look like, or what to do next.
Stag beetles (Lucanus cervus) are protected in the UK under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, as amended.
So if you want to know a bit more about them, please visit the pages listed below.

Below right is a photo of stag beetle larvae at different stages of development. From the left: first, second and third instars. The biggest larva, 9 g, is one year older than the smaller ones and has by now accumulated enough fat to enable it to pupate the next year.

Stag beetle larvae. Photo by Maria Fremlin. Photo taken by Maria Fremlin, 4 October 2010.

Stag beetles - all they need is love and wood
To ensure that, one needs to plant trees all the time.
When did you last plant a tree in your garden, or anywhere else?

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