Stag Beetle Lucanus cervus

Stag Beetle
Stag Beetle
Stag Beetle
Many thanks to Martin Starnes for these photos of a male Stag Beetle. The fearsome "antlers" or "pinchers" are for fighting other male Stag Beetles and are unlikely to harm a person.
Stag Beetle
Stag Beetle
Males are some 35-75mm long. Females are some 30-50mm. The female Stag Beetle does not have the horns. She looks very like the smaller female Lesser Stag Beetle, but is shinier rather than matt. The Stag Beetle is now nationally scarce in the UK, partly as rotting trees and wood are "tidied" up (cleared), leaving less habitat.