How to Draw a Stag Beetle

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Stag Beetle in 9 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Stag Beetle.

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How to Draw a Stag Beetle - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Begin by drawing the stag beetle's head. Make the top line wavy for the other details you'll add later.

Step 2: Now, draw the pronotum. This is the middle part of the stag beetle's body and looks like a rectangle with rounded edges.

Step 3: Now draw the beetle's long body. Did you know? Stag beetles are the largest insects in Europe!

Step 4: Next, draw the wings. You can do this by drawing two long vertical lines, very close together, going down the middle of the stag beetle's body.

Step 5: Draw the mandibles. These are horn-like structures that the beetles use to wrestle with one another for mates. Male stag beetles have larger mandibles than females.

Step 6: Now draw the antennae. These are long, bent lines coming out of the side of the beetle's head just below the mandibles.

Step 7: Draw the first set of legs. These are the smallest legs and they come out of the sides of the pronutum.

Step 8: Next, draw the middle legs. These are medium in length and come sideways out of the top of the body.

Step 9: Your last step is to draw the last pair of legs. These are the longest legs and they point backward.

Interesting Facts about Stag Beetles

Stag beetles got their name because the male stag beetle has mandibles (jaws) that look like deer antlers. A stag is a male deer. Stag beetles are one of more than 1,200 beetle species in the world. They are native to the continent Europe.

Did You Know?

  • Stag beetles are Europe’s largest insects.
  • Female mandibles are smaller than male mandibles.
  • The size of the mandibles varies among stag beetles; they are usually half the size of the stag beetle’s body.
  • Stag beetles can fly, but males fly more often than females.
  • The average lifespan of a stag beetle is seven years, but once they become an adult, they usually die after a few weeks.
  • The diet of a stag beetle generally consists of decayed wood, nectar, fruits, and flowers. They also eat leaves and occasionally small insects.
  • Male stag beetles wrestle each other for a mate.
  • The stag beetle’s predators include cats and foxes.

The stag beetle is protected by rules and regulations because they are at risk of becoming endangered. The main reason for their decreased population is habitat loss. There is less decayed wood for them to consume as a result of this loss.