Larva I.D. Guide


Whilst the stag beetle larva might seem quite distinctive due to its large size and its bright orange head and legs, there are actually several other beetles that have larvae that share some of these characteristics. This guide shows a few of these larvae and explains the differences between them.




Stag Beetle (Lucanus cervus)


Always found underground in or near rotting wood


Grows to around 8cm (approx 3″) in length


Goes into a ‘C’ shape when at rest







Rose Chafer (Cetonia aurata)


Found in large numbers in compost heaps


Smaller than the stag beetle larva, reaching around 5cm (2″)


Is fatter and hairier than the stag beetle larva with shorter legs and a smaller head capsule


Moves along rapidly on its back