Stag beetles are one of the most spectacular looking insects in Britain, named because the male’s large jaws look just like the antlers of a stag. As well as being one of the largest (it can grow larger than a matchbox in size), they are sadly one of our rarer beetles. Stag beetles and their larvae are quite harmless and a joy to watch. Why not take part in the #GreatStagHunt https://ptes.org/get-involved/surveys/garden/great-stag-hunt/stag-hunt-survey/ and contribute to a nationwide survey?
Building a log pyramid in your garden will provide essential habitat for the eggs and larvae. Did you know that the stag beetle larvae live for several years underground and the adult beetle that we only see only lives for a few weeks in the summer? https://ptes.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Build-a-log-pile-for-stag-beetles.pdf