Lesser Stag Beetle Dorcus parallelipipedus

Male Lesser Stag Beetle Male
Female Lesser Stag Beetle Female
Lesser Stag Beetles are prevalent over much of Europe and are widespread throughout the UK.
Lesser Stag Beetle female
Lesser Stag Beetle male
Lesser Stag Beetle male
The male (above centre and right) is larger with bigger horns and a broader head than the female (above left) but both look similar to each other and to the (shinier) female Stag Beetle.
Lesser Stag Beetle male
Lesser Stag Beetle male
Lesser Stag Beetle female
They are smaller than Stag Beetles, but vary from some 18 to 32mm length.
Lesser Stag Beetle male
Lesser Stag Beetle male
Lesser Stag Beetle male