Stag Beetles

Spectacular stag beetles are one of our largest beetles. Sadly their numbers are declining across Europe and they are now extinct in some countries. In the southern parts of the UK they are doing much better but they still need our help.

You’ll often see stag beetles flying around on warm evenings in May and June. Gardeners often dig up the large, white larvae (grubs). Stag beetles are big – up to 8cm long. Only one UK beetle is bigger and that’s a water beetle. They have an amazing life cycle which lasts several years. As a result they’re vulnerable to predators and habitat destruction. Please go to the relevant page below to learn more about stag beetles and how you can help with stag beetle conservation. You can record a sighting or find out how to help them in your garden, park or local green space.

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    Stag beetle facts

    Find our more about one of our largest beetles. What do they eat? How long do they live? How big are they? What's their scientific name? Are there any similar beetles in Britain?

    Stag beetle facts
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    Help stag beetles

    Find out how to help stag beetles in your garden. Have you dug up a larva? Or do you want to know how to attract stag beetles? How do I build a log pile for stag beetles?

    Help stag beetles
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    Seen a stag beetle?

    Please tell us where and when you saw a stag beetle. Was it an adult or larva. Was it male or female? You can also upload images.

    Record a sighting
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    All the answers to your stag beetle questions. Find out what to do if you dig up a larva or discover an adult in your garden. Do stag beetles bite?

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    Donate today

    Can't a log pile in your garden but still want to help stag beetles? Donate to our stag beetle appeal to help fund the essential work we do for stag beetle conservation.


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