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Aug 13, 2010 3:30 PM

Lesser Stag Beetles and more

Since breaking both legs nine months ago my forays with my good camera were severely curtailed............until I discovered the amazing miniature world in my own tiny garden and home:


I purchased a decent 28-100 Macro lens plus extension rings for my Sony Alpha 300 camera and have never looked back:


Here are two shots of a Lesser Stag Beetle? the third to appear inside our Victorian house during the last four weeks....this one was discovered swimming in our washing up bowl (in clean water thankfully)....I rescued it on a sheet of blue paper:


Do stag beetles breed and develop inside houses?......................if not................why is this the third we have found inside:


It is possible they may have crawled out from our clay sub-floors underneath our floor boards and joists.........but these were all  thoroughly creasoted back in the 1960s:


I will be posting further of my discoveries soon:



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    Aug 15, 2010 7:50 AM (in response to hobbinsc)
    Re: Lesser Stag Beetles and more

    Yes, this is the lesser Stag beetle, Dorcus parallelipipedus. They are more common and widely distributed than their larger cousins Lucanus cervus and they feed on a wider range of decaying wood including dead wood above ground. There is no reason to suspect that they will have been living within your house unless you have damp timbers at ground level. The most likely scenario would be that they have crawled in beneath an ill fitting door or simply through an open door.


    Great photos - look forward to more of your wildlife finds.

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