Lesser Stag Beetle Dorcus parallelipipedus
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Classification Order: Coleoptera Long Horns Family: Cerambycidae
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Length . 18 to 32 mm.
Identification This is the smaller relation to the well known Stag Beetle. Though smaller ij relative size , it a large beetle no enlarged mandibles as the male Stag Beetle.
Life Cycle white, C-shaped larvae feeds on wood. Adults as well as larvae are found in very soft decaying wood of broad-leaved trees, especially ash (Fraxinus excelsior), beech (Fagus sylvatica) and apple (Malus spp).
Habitat Found in woodland and sometimes in gardens, especially where there are large trees or orchards.