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Species Account for Lucanus cervus

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Lucanus cervus  (Linnaeus, 1758)
Stag Beetle
Coleoptera: Lucanidae

Stag beetle - female Copyright: Robin Barfoot

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Taxonomic group: beetles (Coleoptera) - Available county data

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W&C Act: Schedule 5

Status: Legal Protection;Nb;NT (European);Section 41 Priority Species

Essex BAP: Listed
Essex RDB: Listed
Saproxylic species
Records: 110
First Record: 1985
Latest Record: 2022

1992-on hectads: 13
Pre-1992 hectads: 1
Total hectads: 13

Additional Phenology Data


Lucanus cervus 01
Lucanus cervus 01
Stag beetle - female
Stag beetle - female
Lucanus cervus
Lucanus cervus

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Essex Red Data List comment
Essex Post-1969 record/s; VC18 1970-on record/s; VC19 1970-on record/s.

Species text
The Stag Beetle is an Essex and UK Biodiversity Plan species. It is the largest beetle found in the British Isles and males have huge jaws. The head and thorax are black with chestnut brown wing cases. Females are smaller and do not possess the large jaws, but are still much larger than the Lesser Stag Beetle Dorcus parallelipipedus.

Stag Beetles breed in rotting and decaying wood and the larvae can take up to four years to mature. The species is widespread in Southern England and in Essex there are two distinct population centres in N.E. Essex and S.W. Essex. As well as semi-natural habitats it is found in urban gardens and parklands.

You are likely to see Stag Beetles on warm summer evenings between May and August, but with a peak in June. You can help by sending in records of all your Stag Beetle sightings. References

Species text last edited on Sun Apr 27th 2008 by user 3


Broad Habitat Data (based on 11 records with habitat information)

no subhabitat data available

Structural Habitat Data (based on 3 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 110 records with habitat detail and method information)

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