Stag Beetle

Lucanus cervus

Stag Beetle

Lucanus cervus male top 1 by Simon A. Eugster (CC BY 3.0)
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A insect on the ground
Lucanus cervus male top 1 by Simon A. Eugster (CC BY 3.0)
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The European Stag Beetle is a large black beetle best known for its huge jaws. It's only the males who possess these, which they use them for fighting during the mating season. As larvae or grubs, they develop below ground within rotting tree matter. Grubs can take around 4-6 years to reach full maturity! They're associated with several kinds of deciduous trees thought to be involved in the life cycle.

Traits

If you have them, these beetles are great for gardens.
They face several threats, such as habitat loss.

Appearance

Adults: The adults are large black beetles with broadheads and in the case of males, extensive jaws (length: 4-8cm). The females are similar to males but will have smaller jaws. Larvae: C shaped grubs feed on wood and can be found

Activity

Diurnal

Personality

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Lucanidae

Metamorphosis

Complete

Distribution

Across Europe

Attracts

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