*During this time they feed on rotting wood. Registered charity number 207238. Fast moving, the beetle uses its powerful jaws to catch prey on the ground. What do stag beetles eat?Stag beetles may lap up honey and eat bits of fruit but they don’t tend to eat as their adult lifespan is very short. The species is capable of flying, but is rarely seen in the air. In reality, it is only other invertebrates that have cause to fear this voracious predator. The title of heaviest insect in the world has many rivals, the most frequently crowned of which is the larval stage of the goliath beetle, Goliathus goliatus, the top size of which is at least 115 g (4.1 oz) and 11.5 cm (4.5 in). The male and female of this beetle can easily be told apart, as the male has large green bulges on its femora or thighs, while the female does not. It is…, The rain-soaked lands of Britain and Northern Ireland are rich in rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, canals and ditches. This large, handsome beetle is often found at lights in early summer, hence one of its other common names, the spotted June beetle. The Wildlife Trusts is a movement made up of 46 Wildlife Trusts: independent charities with a shared mission. Its short wing-cases expose a flexible hind body – it will rear up and wave its large jaws menacingly, and it can nip. 3.5 to 7.5cm in length. Stag beetles are Britain’s largest beetle. GB520 6111 04. The larva feed on dead wood and they don’t spread any fungus around the garden. Larvae: are long and black, but often have brown legs. Types of mushroom in the UK: common identification guide, Top tips for an eco-friendly and sustainable Christmas, Staying safe in our woods during the pandemic, Lockdown activities for kids: ideas for autumn and winter. National Insect Week encourages people of all ages to learn more about insects. Then of course there’s man – not a predator but he kills many every year by destroying the habitat, running the beetles over, and perhaps the worst of all – deliberately stamping on them! © Around 1,000 beetle species rely on trees and woodland habitats, from decaying wood to breed in, to carrion to feed on. Worms, slugs, caterpillars, spiders and woodlice are all among the prey taken. The Woodland Trust and Woodland Trust Nature Detectives logos are registered trademarks. Devil’s coach horse beetles are nocturnal, spending the day hidden under stones or fallen leaves. male. However, a small shallow container such as a milk bottle top with a mixture of honey and water may help. Many people find beetles like this and are very distressed about it and curious to know why it has happened. We live on the ‘Planet of the Beetles’! Do the larvae kill trees or spread fungus around a garden?No! I think I have found a stag beetle larva, how can I be sure?There are many species of coleoptera (beetles), which have larva like that of the stag beetle. Is it ok to keep a stag beetle as a pet?Definitely not! Whether natural or…. If frightened the beetles might give you a nip which may bruise but that’s all. Worms, slugs, caterpillars, spiders and woodlice are all among the prey taken. It isn't actually a bug and doesn't only fly in May, but the UK's largest chafer beetle is easy to spot. The beetles can survive like this for up to several days. The male is unmistakeable but the female could be confused with other Oedemera species, however its size, gaping wing cases and irredescence distinguish it. Habitat. A non-profit-making company limited by guarantee. This species has been associated with evil since the Middle Ages. This beetle raises its abdomen in scorpion-like style when threatened. Stag beetles show a wide variation in size. This website allows you to find out more about these fascinating insects, and provides a gateway for you to submit and manage your beetle records. Patron: Her Majesty The Queen    Vice patron: Lord Selborne, National Insect Week 2020 Photography Competition Open, Entomology at Home for National Insect Week #EntoAtHome  #NIW2020. A relatively large beetle, it can grow up to 3cm long. Larvae: are long and black, but often have brown legs.