We know that stag beetles live in villages and cities. Nevertheless, reports like a stag beetle discovery in Uhlandstraße in Berlin are something very special. It's hard to imagine, a flying stag beetle, successful in a city between cars, people, houses, and it didn't get lost! Berlin is a landmark in my personal life when it comes to stag beetles. In 2012, I gave a small lecture on "Stag beetles as cultural successors" at the Natural History Museum. Only a few minutes were given to me, the inconvenient Moselan, to celebrate the stag beetle as Beetle of the Year 2012. [...]
Now that the male stag beetles are already flying in many regions, the first female stag beetles are also making an appearance. Now things are getting moving! We expect exciting flight evenings as well as the first weddings in good Whitsun weather. Just in time for the end of the month, the stag beetle season is picking up speed!
The stag beetle males are now close to the surface and in Bavaria (Frankenland) already in the air. The females hatch in the same nest usually a good week later. However, this year's mixed May weather is quite tolerable for the stag beetles. Late frosts can be dangerous for the early starters, but then they hide under leaves or even in the ground and simply sit out such situations.
First stag beetle sighted in the district of Cochem-Zell! On 8 May at 12:00 noon, the first stag beetle report from the district of Cochem-Zell was received by the stag beetle search in Alf. Rainer Vogt from Lütz discovered a male while working in his garden, which means that the season is now open in the district. The first stag beetles have been on the move in Frankenland since 20 April, then came the Palatinate, the Nahe and now the Moselle. "All quite early, but normal in terms of the sequence of events. Things really get going anyway when the [...]
Since 20 April we have received the first stag beetle reports from Franconia. Perhaps these beetles have been encouraged to climb by a disturbance or are the rustic fellows already beginning their flights? Just like us, the stag beetles can hardly wait for the thermometer to finally climb!
Freising, 18.04.2023: In 2022, the Bavarian State Institute for Forests and Forestry (LWF) and the Rhön Biodiversity Centre (BioZ) at the Bavarian State Office for the Environment (LfU) called on the public to report stag beetle findings. In 2022 alone, 1733 confirmed stag beetle reports from 1305 reporters were recorded in this way in cooperation with the association Hirschkäferfreunde-NatureTwo e.V.. The project is now entering a new round. From mid-April onwards, the call will be out again: stag beetles wanted throughout Bavaria. A closer look at the reporting data from 2022 reveals that the distribution of the warmth-loving species is [...]