Male Stag Beetle

Male Stag Beetle

At this time of year there is the chance to see Stag Beetles during their short but passionate adult lives. Having spent 3 or more years developing deep in a rotten log, or just as likely at QECP living in the areas of play bark across the site, the adults emerge and are active after dark attracted to lampposts and other night lights.

They are slow clumsy creatures and can often be found the next day stuck in guttering or drains. The Park has both the Stag and Lesser Stag Beetles. The latter is more common, smaller and the males lack the impressive antler like jaws. Both species are just as likely to be seen in urban areas and domestic gardens if sufficient undisturbed rotting timber is present.

 The People’s Trust For Endangered Species runs the Great Stag Hunt, an annual survey where individuals can log in their finds. More information at www.ptes.org/

Male Stag Beetle

Male Stag Beetle

For videos showing more of these fascinating creatures go to the BBC Nature site at www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/stag_beetle

The QE BioBlitz will be taking place from 4pm on the 11th August until 4pm on the 12th. For 24 hours Park staff, species specialists and volunteers will be trying to find as many different species as possible. This will include nighttime surveys of moths, bats and whatever else comes out after dark!   

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