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:
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.
What puzzled us about this particular beetle was that it suddenly appeared frantically swimming in the washing up bowl 3 feet above the floor ........no one saw or heard it fall or fly there...they aren't small insects and not the type that could crawl up the smooth sides of kitchen units despoite those sharp looking hooked feet:
We could have damp timbers below our Victorian floors.............to have three in the house over a matter of weeks makes me suspect that they have been breeding somewhere inside.....I would love to find out where: