August 9, 2012 1:25 pm
Photo taken on 02/08/2012 in Worcestershire England.
Signature: B Woodward
Dear B Woodward,
This is the female of the largest and arguably most distinctive beetle found in the UK, a Stag Beetle, Lucanus cervus. Stag Beetles have become increasing rarer in the UK in recent years and in many areas they are protected. Here is a matching photo on the Space for Nature Garden Biodiversity Forum.
Correction: Lesser Stag Beetle
Thanks to a comment by mardikavana, we are correcting this posting. This is actually a male Lesser Stag Beetle.