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Jun 18, 2013 3:23 PM

Flying Stag Beetle

Hi - i am new to the site but had to join because i have just for the first time seen a flying stag beetle.I have seen others in the garden in previous years but never seen them flying before. I know they are an endangered species so am happy to report they are alive and well in West London

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    Jun 18, 2013 3:51 PM (in response to MoGarden13)
    Re: Flying Stag Beetle

    Hello,

    Welcome to the forum and thanks for the news! Here is a page about Stag Beetles you may wish to read:

    http://maria.fremlin.de/stagbeetles/index.html

    Yours,

    Florin

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    Jun 18, 2013 3:55 PM (in response to MoGarden13)
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    This is good news Mo and I'm very pleased to hear how excited you are - and so you should be. The Stag beetle, Lucanus cervus, can be seen on the wing in the south east from the middle of May for about 4 - 6 weeks. Usually, in my experience, the first week of June is the best week to observe them and the best time is the hour or so before dusk. This year however, everything is a few weeks behind so I have been wondering how late the Stag beetles will be this year. Only this morning on the way to work I was looking for evidence, a dismembered one that has been eaten by crows or a squashed on on the road - but nothing to be seen. The weather over the next few days, hot and humid, should bring them out so I will be looking out in the gardens near me over the next few evenings. I catch all that I find in and flying through my garden and mark them with a number before release to see how many I have recorded - one year about 6-7 years ago I had 24 in a single evening, which would have been several cohorts emerging on the same evening.

     

    Sittings can be reported to the PTES here: http://ptes.org/?page=392

     

    Let us know if you see any more.

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        Jun 20, 2013 9:11 AM (in response to MoGarden13)
        Re: Flying Stag Beetle

        This mornings wreckage

         

        Lucanus wreckage.JPG

         

         

        It's the trouble with being an invertebrate, even as formidably looking as these beautiful beetles - you are never going to be at the top of the food-chain, just somewhere near the bottom and that generally makes you fodder.

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      Mo - I had another look for evidence this morning as the conditions for Stag beetles were perfect yesterday evening. Sadly here it is, a predator of some ilk has had its tea/breakfast the way the wing cases (elytra) are crunched it does not necessarily look like a bird (corvid) so perhaps a fox or hedgehog.

       

      Anyway they are 'oot and aboot' so time to do some serious looking over the next few evenings.

      stag elytra.JPG

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