Stag Beetle (Lucanas cervus)

Nadia’s class is studying “mini-beasts” in her first grade class. One of her students found this Stag Beetle larva on the Lower School playground. As you can see, it is a pretty impressive, large specimen. In researching the beetle, the larval stage lasts several years before it pupates and develops into an adult beetle. There are over 1,200 species of stag beetles and the Lucanas cervas is the most common species in Europe. We gave it a bath and taught the students about the stag beetle life cycle. They really enjoyed learning about the beetle.

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