Biodiversity Blog: Stag Beetle seen on Stockley Park
What an amazing find by one of the members of the Landscaping team this week!
A stag beetle Lucanus Cervus has been sighted at Stockley Park!
This is exciting news as the Stag Beetle is one of the rarer beetles to be found in Britain and we have them at Stockley Park. How cool is that?
As well as being one of the largest beetles, they are quite harmless and a joy to watch.
Common Names of the Stag Beetle are also known as Horse Pincher, Thunder Beetle and Oak Ox.
The larvae of a Stag Beetle has a very long-life cycle lasting three to seven years, starting underground. Periods of very cold weather can extend the developing process. Once fully grown, the larvae leave the rotting wood they have been feeding on to build a large cocoon in the soil where they pupate and finally metamorphose into an adult. Adults spend the winter underground and usually emerge from mid-May onwards. By the end of August, most of them will have died. They do not survive the winter.
The adult’s head and thorax (middle section) are shiny black and its wing cases are chestnut brown. Males are 35-75mm long and have large, antler-like mandibles. Females are 30-50mm long with small mandibles.
So whilst you are on a walk around the site, please keep an eye out for these amazing, spectacular beetles!