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Cockchafer or Stag Beetle larvae

Several found in our leaf mould bin which also contains wood shavings produced from wood turning.  How do I tell the difference between cockchafer and stag beetle larvae?

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    Sep 22, 2010 9:16 AM (in response to AngelaT)
    Re: Cockchafer or Stag Beetle larvae

    From this image I would say Stag beetle (Lucanus cervus). Cockchafer (Melolontha melolontha) and Summer Chafer (Amphimallon solstitialis) are similar but in my experience look longer legged. The larvae of the Rose Chafer (Cetonia aurata) can also be found in this habitat but have a different look about them again.

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