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Europe/Middle East/Africa

Building stag beetle nest on palace grounds

Hampton Court, on the outskirts of London, served as the English Royal Palace for about 200 years from the era of Henry VIII in the 16th century, and Hampton Court Palace was inhabited by the British royal family until the 18th century. Now a popular tourist attraction, on its vast and historic grounds, which include a golf course, 27 volunteers from the Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. Regional Corporate Office in the UK helped build a nesting habitat for an endangered species of stag beetle (lucanus cervus). The nest was made within the deer park at Hampton Court Palace by bundling logs together and burying them in the ground, then filling in the spaces between with wood chips and earth. Stag beetle larva exist in such nests for years before emerging as adults. Stag beetles are saproxylic invertebrates while their larvae are voracious feeders of fungus infected dead wood. The long larval stage of around 3-5 years requires a stable and protected habitat.The effort demonstrates the company’s support for the protection of biodiversity.

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