Sunday, June 04, 2006

Stag Beetle in my back garden!

Just spotted a stag beetle in my back garden. Unfortunately so did the ginger cat from next door. Tragedy was only narrowly averted due to eco-warrior action on my part. I think the beetle must have only just emerged from larvae status as it didn't seem to be able to fly yet. It will need to learn pronto if it wants to survive in my garden with all the feline visitors.

Lewisham is a bit of a hotspot for stag beetles, although they are very rare nationally. English Nature and the People's Trust for endangered species are doing a survey of stag beetle sightings, so if you see any, you can let them know here.

2 comments:

James Wild said...

Are you sure cats eat beatles? I've never heard of it.

Sue Luxton said...

Hi James
I don't think he was going to eat it, more like play with it, probably until it was in a severely mangled state.