I had forgotten that I hadn’t told you about my “visitor” from the other night.
Going downstairs to make myself a coffee at about 10pm, I walked into the kitchen and nearly trod on the above critter – a lesser stag beetle.
He/she (sorry, I don’t know how to sex them!) was wandering around the kitchen floor. God knows how it got into the house, but from all the fluff on it’s legs/horn it looks like it’s been walking across our carpet (which is only upstairs).
Lesser Stag Beetle on glass
It was obviously pretty peeved at not being able to find its way out of the house, so I took a few quick photos and carried it up the garden in the pitch black and deposited it under the beech trees.
It’s not a species I’ve seen before. I’m getting conflicting views as to it’s scarcity but what I do know is that the Dorset Environmental Records Centre don’t hold a recent record of it in Corfe Mullen. So a first for me and a great record for my Nature Watch project!