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In this drawing lesson we’ll show you how to draw a Stag Beetle in 7 easy steps. This step by step lesson progressively builds upon each previous step until you get to the final rendering of a huge beetle. Simply follow along with each step, drawing the portion shown in red for each step. Then, in just a few minutes you’ll have a quick and easy stag beetle drawing!

Before we begin the How To Draw a Stag Beetle drawing lesson, here are some fun facts about beetles you might find interesting, especially for kids.

  • Male stag beetles have large antler-like mandibles used for fighting other males over mates and territory.
  • They emerge at night from late spring to early fall in forests and woodlands of Europe, Asia and some parts of North America.
  • Larvae spend 1-3 years underground eating decaying wood before pupating and emerging as adult beetles.
  • Adults do not eat as their mouthparts are designed for fighting. They live only 1-2 months to mate and lay eggs.
  • Females have smaller mandibles and lay single eggs deep in dead or decaying wood.
  • Antennae are clubbed at the ends and help detect scents like pheromones through their well-developed sense of smell.
  • Legs end in sturdy claws allowing stag beetles to grasp securely onto surfaces and mates.
  • Some species like the Japanese stag beetle can grow over 3 inches long making them among the largest beetles.
  • Stag beetles play a role in woodland ecosystems by consuming decaying logs and recycling nutrients.
  • Their striking appearances and large mandibles have made stag beetles symbols of masculinity or strength in some cultures.

How To Draw a Stag Beetle – Easy Step-by-Step Drawing Guide

Step 1: Begin by drawing the beetle’s “face”.

how to draw a stag beetle

Step 2: Draw the next segment of the body.

how to draw a stag beetle

Step 3: Now you can draw the main body segment and wings.

how to draw a stag beetle

Step 4: Draw the huge mandibles!

how to draw a stag beetle

Step 5: Sketch the start of the stag beetle’s legs.

how to draw a stag beetle

Step 6: Draw the 2nd segment of the legs.

how to draw a stag beetle

Step 7: Finish off the legs and give the beetle some antennae.

how to draw a stag beetle

Well done! Now that you’ve completed How To Draw a Stag Beetle, consider adding some shading or coloring to make your creepy-crawly buddy look realistic! Use the picture below as a guide to shade or color your beetle drawing.

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You did it! Congratulations on drawing a Stag Beetle! Your first try may not have gone as smoothly as you had hoped, but I know after another attempt you will see a big improvement. The best way to learn how to draw a stag beetle is with practice…practice…practice!

Are you looking for another fun insect to draw? How about learning how to quickly and easily draw a dragonfly?! Take a look here for another quick and easy drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Dragonfly.

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