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 will 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 this makes them vulnerable to predators and habitat destruction. Please go to the relevant page below to learn more about stag beetles. You can record a sighting or find out how to help them in your garden, park or local green space.
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 is their scientific name? Are there any similar beetles in Britain?
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?
Seen a stag beetle?
Tell us where and when you saw a stag beetle. Tell us whether it was an adult or a larva. Was it a male or a female? You can also upload images.
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?