What We Know
There are large gaps in our knowledge of the stag beetle in Britain If you find a stag beetle please help by filling out the Monitoring form.
We know that....
*The life cycle of the stag beetle is centred on rotting wood.
*Most people are familiar with the adult beetles, particularly the males with their prominent mandibles, which appear in the summer searching for a mate and a breeding site.
*After mating the female seeks out a suitable location to lay her eggs. This might be a rotting fence post, tree stump, log pile, or even a compost heap.
*The female lays her eggs in or near rotting wood.
*The larvae take 4-6 years to reach full size.
*During this time they feed on rotting wood.
*When fully developed, the larvae migrate to the surrounding soil where they pupate.
*After a short period the adult beetle metamorphoses and spends the winter in the soil, emerging in the following summer to mate and lay eggs.
Are stag beetles and their larvae poisonous?
Do the larvae kill trees or spread fungus around
I think I have found a stag beetle larva, how can
I be sure?
I have found a stag beetle that seems to be injured,
what should I do?
Is it ok to keep a stag beetle as a pet?
Can I feed stag beetles anything or put out anything
to attract them?