Unknown black beetle
Firstly, thanks for your excellent site! It helped me identify a cockchafer that flew into my lounge a few months ago. Now I’m hoping you can help me with a little black beetle I recently found sitting in the middle of my kitchen. I’ve looked at all the pictures on your site and can’t find anything that quite matches this guy. I thought he might be either a Bess beetle or a bark-gnawing beetle, but he doesn’t seem to quite match closely enough. Maybe some kind of scarab? Can you help please? (By the way, I live in London, England.) Many thanks,
We quickly identified your Lesser Stag Beetle, Dorcus parallelopipedus, on an English Nature website. Since they fly and are attracted to lights, that would probably explain its presence in your kitchen.