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The Stag Beetle
(Lucanus cervus)

Male Stag Beetle

The Stag Beetle (Lucanus cervus) is the largest land beetle in Britain. It can grow up to 8cm in length. The Stag Beetle is a globally threatened species, which requires dead wood to complete its lifecycle. The antler like mandibles which give it its name are harmless since they can't grip with any force, they are used to wrestle other males. Females have much smaller jaws than males.