Stag beetle, Lucanus cervus

Postcard Stag Beetle by Albrecht Dürer (1505), drawing by Paula Kuitenbrouwer

Stag beetles live in some places in Belgium and the Netherlands, but they are hard to find these days. They seem to belong to the past, to the time of Albrecht Dürer. However, in the east of the Netherlands, in an area that I know well, there are two places designed for Stag beetles to lay eggs in rotting and fungi covered oak wood. They are ‘Stag beetle nurseries’ or ‘Stag beetle log piles’, in Dutch they are referred to as ‘Hertenstoven‘. By offering the few living Stag beetles nurseries, conversationalists hope to save stag beetles from extinction.

Have you ever seen a Stag beetle? Do they live in your area?

Paula Kuitenbrouwer

Artist, Author & Expat

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