The weather has been very humid and sultry these last few days, perfect Stag Beetle weather,
My evening walk with my dog takes me past a very busy roundabout, lots of pedestrian traffic lights, lamp posts and neon signs from the local Sainsbury's superstore, surrounded by trees
I am pretty sure that a few years ago, while watching one of those Attenborough wildlife programmes, in which they concentrated on a similar looking beetle called the Rhinoceros beetle or Dynastinae, they spoke about its attraction to bright lights, as it flew on one of those hot humid evenings in search for a female.
May be coincidence, but the last few days I have encountered a male Greater Stag with some pretty impressive mandibles, this was making its way off the traffic island towards the road, lots of bright flashing lights, a quick rescue was put into place and a release in the safety of the wood pile in the garden, Still there in the morning so a few more photographs were taken, a few hours later and it had disappeared.
The next night a female Greater stag was seen, making its way along the gutter of the road, another rescue, this time released into some nearby tree's.
|Greater Stag beetle (Lucanus cervus)|
Always impressive when you meet one of these little beauties !.