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.
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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.

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 January 2020

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