Lesser Stag Beetle

I put out the moth trap in my garden in Hemsworth last night, expecting a good catch because of the warm, humid conditions. As well as the usual moths, an interesting beetle flew into the trap.

Lesser stag beetle (Dorcus parallelipipedus)

Lesser stag beetle (Dorcus parallelipipedus)

I identified it as a male lesser stag beetle. This species needs rotting wood on which its larvae can feed. It is described as common but this is the first that I have seen in my garden.

Jaws on lesser stag beetle.

Jaws on lesser stag beetle.

 

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