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They are not harmful to humans. Adult males can vary in size from 35mm – 75mm long. Females are smaller at between 30-50mm long. During their short adult lives the male Horse pinchers will spend their days sunning themselves in an attempt to gather strength for the evening’s activities. It is Red listed in many European countries and has undergone a decline across Europe. Stag beetles are now extinct in Denmark and Latvia.
Stag beetles live in woodland edges, hedgerows, traditional orchards, parks and gardens throughout Western Europe including Britain- but not Ireland. Female stag beetles prefer light soils which are easier to dig down and lay their eggs.
Spotted on Jun 6, 2017
Submitted on Aug 27, 2017