stag beetle

We are lucky that Dulwich and South London are strongholds for the Stag Beetle (Lucanus cervus) and Lesser Stag Beetle (Dorcus parallelopipedus). Their larvae feed in rotting wood before pupating in autumn, spending the winter in the wood then emerging as an adult the following summer. The Wildlife Group ask if you can create log piles in your garden for next year's stag beetles to lay their eggs. Their larvae need at least two years before emerging as the next generation and tidy gardens are not beneficial to them, so feel free to tidy up a bit less! More details on stag beetles and making log piles can be found here.