Monday, 30 April 2007

Lesser Stag Beetle (Dorcus parallelipipedus)

Adult Lesser Strag Beetle (subspecies D. p. parallelipipedus) at Geddington, Northants - August 2010

Featured Subspecies: Dorcus parallelipipedus parallelipipedus
Length: 18-32mm
UK Status: Not Evaluated IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

Lesser Stag Beetles, are as the name suggests, smaller than stag beetles, however, they are still large beetles in themselves. They don't have the huge jaws of the other stag beetles. This particular specimen was found walking along a pavement just outside Geddington. They generally live in woodland.

Related Species:
Order: Coleoptera 

Family: Lucanidae 
Genus: Dorcus
SUBSPECIES: D. p. parallelipipedus, D. p. truquii

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A common resident species which is seen in Summer
 - Seen in Geddington and various other sites

Further Notes: 
RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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