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