Stag Beetles

Stag Beetles belong to the Family Lucanidae named by Latreille in 1804. There are four species on the most recent Checklist (Duff 2018). All feed on decaying wood as larvae. The Blue Stag Beetle Platycerus caraboides is almost certainly extinct in the British Isles as it has not been recorded since the 1800’s.

Sindendron cylindricum (Linnaeus, 1758 [Scarabaeus])
Rhinoceros Beetle

S. cylindricum male
S. cylindricum female

Dorcus parallelipipidus (Linnaeus, 1758 [Scarabaeus])
Lesser Stag Beetle

D. parallelipididus male
D. parallelipididus female

Lucanus cervus (Linnaeus, 1758 [Scarabaeus])
Stag Beetle

L. cervus major male
L. cervus minor male
L. cervus female

Platycerus caraboides (Linnaeus, 1758 [Scarabaeus])
Blue Stag Beetle

P. caraboides