Lesser Stag Beetle Dorcus parallelipipedus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Representing one of the area's largest beetle species, the Lesser Stag Beetle (Dorcus parallelipipedus) is a rare find in the Eakring and Kersall areas and a relatively uncommon species throughout Nottinghamshire. The beetle's actual status may be down to under-recording, rather than being particularly scarce. Having said that though, in around 30 years field work, I have only twice previously come across it . The first of those occasions was an adult I found dead at the Arboretum Park in Nottingham City Centre during the 1980's. The second record came in 1999 and was from the pastures area, just outside Eakring itself.

The example pictured was found at dusk on July 12th 2005, climbing the trunk of an Ash tree at Eakring Flash. It's UK distribution is described as being rather local, but widespread in southern and central England, Wales and southern Ireland. The adults feed on the sap of deciduous trees including Ash and Willow, with the larvae feeding on rotting wood. Adults can be found anytime between May and September, but are generally commonest in the Spring. Despite having large jaws, the Lesser Stag Beetle is actually harmless.

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).

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 February 2017

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