What do Stag Beetles look like?
The stag beetle is the largest terrestrial beetle in Britain, growing to between 5 and 8cm in length.
They have large jaws (mandibles) that are often antler shaped. The male has larger mandibles than the female but both sexes have a shiny black head and thorax but the wing cases are a chestnut colour.
They lay their eggs underground by dead wood and the larva will spend up to seven years inside slowly growing in size and eating the dead wood.
Stag beetles have limited protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981 as amended.
The London Wildlife Trust website or the People's Trust for Endangered Species website have more information.
I've seen a stag beetle, who do I need to send the record to?
If you are sure that it is a stag beetle you have seen, and not a lesser stag beetle, black sexton or cockchafer, then make a note of the date, recorder and address or grid reference and pass this information to the Dorset Environmental Records Centre (DERC) on 01305 225081.