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I nearly trod on this Stag Beetle this morning … luckily he was moving very slowly … went back indoors for the camera … took photos and then thought I’d deleted the lot by mistake !
Computer ace daughter just called in and rescued them for me … not a clue how she did it … just pleased she did really.

Here he is :

This a guide to his size

Then the cat began to take notice so I moved the Stag Beetle … via a piece of paper … yes … he did reverse onto the paper !

He should be happy once he’s crawled into the log pile

This is the third one … or the same one 3 times … I’ve seen over the years in the garden … just shows how it’s worth not disturbing the log pile ever !

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These are very rare creatures these days, so this is a wonderful sighting !

20 Jul, 2010

 

I can't believe how close I came to stepping on him !

20 Jul, 2010

 

Easily done !!

20 Jul, 2010

 

Stag beetles are interesting but I'd rather have a 'Computer Ace' around.

20 Jul, 2010

 

He's nearly as nice as mine shirley!! lol I saw 'my friend' back in the garden after going AWOL for about 10 years. Something must be happening due to climate change or something similar. Thats 2 sightings of stag beetles in less than a week horay the beetles are back in town lol Anyone else found any in there gardens?

20 Jul, 2010

 

You got better pictures than me, I couldnt seem to focus the camera. What camera did you use. Lets talk technical lol

20 Jul, 2010

 

Heron - how I agree with you .. there is so much I need to learn about computing and digital photos ... one day I'll manage alone ... possibly ! !

20 Jul, 2010

 

Wasn't it Burl Ives?

20 Jul, 2010

 

Iv'e never seen a Stag beetle in my garden Shirley,must be to tidy as not got a log pile.,but so glad you rescued him..:o)

20 Jul, 2010

 

Heron - I believe it was Burl Ives - gotta crawl, gotta crawl, to the ugly bug ball, one and all and the ugly bug ball - are you singing it too ... lol ! !
Hi Sandra - the log pile has been in situ. for 8 years and I wouldnt think of moving it now .. there could be a whole crowd of Insects beneath it !
Great - have missed lots on GoY lately and have just read your blog ... how strange that we should both see a Stag Beetle ! We're about 60 miles from London so perhaps they're colonising in the South East . . . . as to the camera ... practice makes perfect with me .. lots deleted !

20 Jul, 2010

 

Oh Bloomer you must have a log pile, you could arrange them neatly !! Lol

20 Jul, 2010

 

Just brilliant Shirley !

20 Jul, 2010

 

Thanks Ray/Jane - I need to find out more about them later as not sure how long they live.

21 Jul, 2010

 

Now I'm wondering if this is a Lesser Stag Beetle as it does not have brown wing cases ? ? ?

21 Jul, 2010

 

Stag beetles take five years to mature from grub to beetle then when you see them flying they are looking for a mate and then they die shortly after, bless!

21 Jul, 2010

 

How sad, just 5 years and then it's all over ! : o ((((((

21 Jul, 2010

 

They live for about 5 years Shirley I was told

21 Jul, 2010

 

ooops Just seen Grandmage answer this for you (SSSSH she told me lol)!

21 Jul, 2010

 

You don`t seem to see them so much these days do you Shirley? Now I think of it I can`t remember when I last saw one.

21 Jul, 2010

 

Labd, They have become very rare creatures because we have become too tidy in our gardens perhaps and loss of woodland areas etc. We all need to have a log pile at the bottom of the garden! Shirley, they die after mating, hopefully with a smile on their faces!!

21 Jul, 2010

 

You`re so right, I`m trying to leave a wild area behind the greenhouse, hopefully with a few bits of old wood it will help.

21 Jul, 2010

 

Labd. Thats exactly where mine is, behind the greenhouse, where no one goes, and piled high to the rafters with old wood, branches, logs etc. so I have no idea what is lurking there, also I am not going to look either !!!! Lol.

21 Jul, 2010

 

I don't know anything about Stag Beetles,so I'm rather confused as to the excitement about them. Can u inform me as to the scarceness of them?

22 Jul, 2010

 

Oh forgot my manners. Please & thank you.

22 Jul, 2010

 

Angie - they have declined since the 1940's, possibly due to tidying-up of woodlands and parks ! London and the South East seem to have the most right now. Many wildlife experts suggest we all create a log-pile in our gardens to encourage the Stag Beetles.

23 Jul, 2010

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