The Great Stag Hunt 2019
In 2019 we received over 8000 stag beetle records. Adult beetles don’t live very long and by the end of August very few people were reporting sightings. But although the adults have all died, the next generation of stag beetles are now quietly going through their life cycle underground. After spending several years as a larva eating dead wood and growing, stag beetles pupate in autumn and overwinter underground as an adult ready to emerge in the spring. If you are digging in the garden this autumn, please be careful, and if you do see any stag beetles underground, just place them back where you found them and cover back over with soil.
To keep you going until next spring – here are a few of the stag beetle photos we received this year.