Lesser Stag Beetle Dorcus parallelipipedus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Representing one of the Nottinghamshire's largest beetles, the Lesser Stag Beetle is relatively common and not all that commonly found. It occurs in a variety of habitats which includes urban parks and gardens and we have two records (from the same house) where it even turned up indoors. It is generally  widespread across southern and central England and can be found between May and September. Despite its large size, it is completely harmless.
Lesser Stag Beetle larva. This was one of two (impressively large) full-grown larvae, found with at least five adults on opening a well rotted log sited in rank  grassland at Gunthorpe in April 2021.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Dorcus parallelipipedus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Pauline Bradford. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Wil Heeney. Pamela Gartside. Natural England - Invertebrate Site Register 2006. Tim Sexton. Meg Skinner. Darren Matthews. Martin Dale. Richard Heath. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Shelena Hartley. NBGRC. Rob Johnson. Peter Kirby (Ploughman Wood Invertebrate survey 1998 on behalf of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust).  Clumber Park SSSI Saproxylic Invertebrate Survey - A report to Natural England by EMEC Ecology 2019. David Yates. Julie Lockett. Tom Shields. Stuart Davenport. Agnes Kiemel. Andy Adcock. David Shaw. Brian Wetton.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated November 2022

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