I came across this incredible stag beetle a week or two ago walking in the local common (Wandsworth) at dusk. Its a bit hard to get a feel for scale, but it was the biggest critter I've ever seen in the UK! Tail to antlers it was about the size of my thumb! It was truly amazing to see such a large insect in a really busy park, which on the face of it maybe isn't an especially wild place and in a big city too! Really cool! I love my local common, such an amazing place!
Apparently Stag beetles are endangered here in the UK.
Check out this link to read more - https://ptes.org/campaigns/stag-beetles/
This one was beautiful, it moved slowly and gently, regally almost, it wasn't remotely scary. Awesome!! #stagbeetle #nature #insects #london #wandsworthcommon #dusk #summer