A drawing after (postcard) Stag Beetle by Albrecht Dürer (1505), by Paula Kuitenbrouwer (bigger drawing)
Stag beetles live in some places in Belgium and the Netherlands, but they are hard to find. In the area we visited there are two places designed for Stag beetles to lay eggs in rotting and fungi covered oak wood. They are Stag beetle nurseries or log piles, in Dutch they are referred to as ‘Hertenstoven‘.
In recent years my family has been visiting these places but never we were lucky to find a Stag beetle. I asked around and yes, some people in the area had seen one, but they are still very rare. I checked almost every oak tree that showed scars and ‘bleeding’ (red sap dripping our of cracks), but unluckily there wasn’t a Stag beetle feeding itself on the red oak sap.
Have you ever seen a Stag beetle?
Do they live in your area?
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