Not the classic Stag Beetle, with fearsome mandibles that resemble the antlers of a stag, but a Lesser Stag Beetle (dorcus parallelipipedus) - a fascinating creature with impressive features, nonetheless.
|Stage Beetle on Apple Bark|
It wasn't a dramatic rescue...but the stag beetle had lost its way home...
As soon as I placed the beetle onto the bark, it looked comfortable as it explored the nooks and crannies of the wood. I have referred to the beetle as 'it' but I subsequently discovered that it was a female, on account of a knobbly head and smooth mandibles!
I also discovered that they particularly enjoy rotten apple wood!
Great - I knew exactly where to take her - down to the wildlife patch at the end of the garden, where she could thrive!
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