Lesser Stag Beetle - Dorcus parallelipipedus


This is the smaller cousin of the well known Stag Beetle. Though smaller, it is still a very large beetle but it doesn't have such enlarged mandibles as the male Stag Beetle.

Identification difficulty

It is found in woodland and sometimes in gardens, especially where there are large trees or orchards.

When to see it

The adult is most often seen in summer when it flies to disperse.

Life History

Its larvae feed on rotting timber, especially Ash, Beech and Apple.

UK Status

Fairly common and widespread in the southern half of England and in Wales.

VC55 Status

Leicestershire and Rutland are towards the Northern limit of its UK distribution but it remains fairly frequent here. There were a total of 80 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map