The stag beetles came back. This is South London’s equivalent of the wildebeest migration across the Serengeti. Every year, with luck, at the end of May and beginning of June, the gardens of East Dulwich are abuzz with the whirr of stag beetle wings, as these magnificent beasts fly at dusk in search of mates and egg-laying sites.
As luck would have it, the beetles started to appear in the garden on June 18, two days before Ivydale Natural History Club’s regular Thursday meet, so I took them along. Obviously.