Life Cycle of a Stag Beetle
1,200 species of Stag beetles have been identified, out of a whopping 400,000 total beetle species, but their unique mandibles help them stand out from the rest. Compared to other insects, stag beetles have a lengthy life cycle, spending several years in the larva stage eating decaying wood. They transition into the pupa stage in the fall, and become adults just a few weeks later. However, they don’t leave their warm underground lair until the following spring. At that point, their lives are numbered in weeks, and their goal is to find a mate and restart the cycle.