stag beetle

stag beetle

Observation - stag beetle. Description: I find these in my compost heap. About 25-30 mm long, usually curled into a U shape. When unearthed, they squirm slowly back underground. I've seen conflicting advice on identifying stag beetle vs cockchafer lavae. We have both in this area. Usually

I find these in my compost heap. About 25-30 mm long, usually curled into a U shape. When unearthed, they squirm slowly back underground. I've seen conflicting advice on identifying stag beetle vs cockchafer lavae. We have both in this area. Usually a fair bit of woody stuff in the heap, so there might be something for stag beetles to chew on..