Stag beetles are attracted to light, so if youre lucky you may see one near your porch or patio light at night. Check for stag beetles living in or near tree sap in the daytime. They are likely to be found there because tree sap is one of their favorite foods. These beetles are also attracted to rotting, sweet-smelling fruit.
This magnificent beetle, famed for its antler-like mouthparts and its wrestling style of combat in the competition for a mate, make it a charismatic and emblematic creature of our times.
Habitat loss and landscape fragmentation and in turn the loss of dead wood habitats have directly contributed to its rapid population distribution decline in the last 40 years..