Bodensaure Eichenwälder
mit Mooren und Heiden

Lucanus cervus

Lucanus cervus is one of the largest and striking beetles in Europe; some are more than 7 cm long. The male’s antlers-like maxilla is what gives it its name. The preferred habitat of the “flying stag”, as the species is called in the Netherlands, are old, sun-flooded oak woods.

Before the adult beetles in May/June see the light of day, they develop for up to six years in the stumps of dead deciduous trees (mostly oak trees). The larvae eat rotten wood and the fungi on top before pupating in their last year. The fully developed beetles only live for a few weeks. When the eggs have been laid, a new generation starts…

Given their specific requirements and their, for insects, very long development period, Lucanus cervus has become a rare species in Europe or even extinct. The acidophilous oak woods in Diersfordter Wald are an ideal habitat. Here, we find one of the largest populations in North Rhine – Westphalia.

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