Stag beetles in South London

Entomologist Richard ‘Bugman’ Jones describes his passion for the UK’s biggest beetle. 

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Stag beetles on the palm of a hand.

Richard has lived in London for 25 years and is lucky to see stag beetles annually.

“They are massive, elegant, perhaps slightly frightening to people that don’t understand them,” he says.

Stag beetles spend seven years as a grub underground so if you are fortunate to see one it is likely to be during the last few weeks of their life. 

Watch this video to discover what makes the UK’s biggest beetle so special and find out why you can still spot them in South London. 

Discover how you can help stag beetles in the June edition of BBC Wildlife Magazine.

Find out more about Richard Jones by reading his blog. 

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