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Stag beetle battle

Duration: 01:35

Stag beetles are Britain's largest beetles and are now rare in many of our woodlands. Here, two males fight over possesion of a rocky log, using their large mandibles for display and combat. The winner goes in search of a mate who has also been attracted by the log - it is here she will lay her eggs, so that the rotting wood can become an immediate food source for the grubs when they hatch.

Available since: Wed 14 Dec 2011

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Living Britain EARLY SUMMER

Episode 3/6 follows the changing seasons of Britain with the arrival of early summer.

First broadcast: 14 Nov 1999

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