Lesser Stag Beetle - Dorcus parallelipipedus

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map