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Stag beetles. Has anyone else got a lot of stag beetles this year? I know they are not very common but I usually see one or two in my garden. This year there there is quite a number. 2 drowned in the pond and I accidentally trod on one, so that was 3 sadly lost, but since then I've come across more wandering around the flower beds. I don't think it's the same one. I tried asking but none of them will tell me!



I suspect a group of grubs have hatched and that swhy you are seeing them. Sadly I have never seen them in my garden. I'd love to have them.

1 Jul, 2018


That’s great to have that many, do you have old rotting logs in your garden as that is where the eggs are laid, I think they spend 2/3years before they pupate into adult beetles, then on a hot summers evening they mate and then that’s it, I always encourage people to leave logs in the corners of their gardens which are needed for so much wildlife.

2 Jul, 2018


We have been seeing them over the years and have a log pile, untouched for about 15 years. Not seen one so far this year. I see we are in the same part of the world.

2 Jul, 2018


They seem to come out of the compost heap. I have a double heap built of old pallets and fill up one side at a time, which takes a couple of years or so. I found a couple of stags in May while digging out some compost. Thankfully I didn't injure them.It is also a rather wild, neglected hidden corner with fir tree debris, brambles, nettles and ivy etc. well as the ubiquitous and much hated bindweed. I will have to tidy up a bit round there but will now make sure there is a log pile to rot down beside the compost heap.

2 Jul, 2018


My daughter has been "buzzed" by them in Marlow. She is terrified of them. I have to admit I'd run a mile too if one flew at me.

2 Jul, 2018


I looked back on my GoY photos to find in June 2016 I saw a Stag Beetle. Took the photo when it was on the ground, just as I had the shot it became airborne so I moved very quickly to the kitchen and closed the door!

2 Jul, 2018


I know! They make my spine tingle and I have to keep telling myself they're harmless. I used 2 small flowerpots to gather a couple up and return them to the compost area because the cat was creeping up on them.

2 Jul, 2018

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