Saturday, May 29, 2010

Stag Beetles Battle!

Last night I was privileged to witness something you usually only see on the nature Channel. Three stag beetles were in our front yard and two of them ( I'm assuming the odd one was a female and the two that were fighting were male) were duking it out in the classic beetle wrestle mania! I snapped a couple of pics after the battle was over and they just would not fight again after the winner clearly won. However, someone on the Internet at least has a similar pic of larger beetles to give you an idea of what was going on. It was cool seeing the winner pick up the loser in the show of strength. You never know what you will see in the late hours after dark. In other news...Looks like some ants have found one of my carvings and have started to work their way into it. I'm assuming its to get the fungus that is growing inside the heartwood. It's no biggy because I knew the heartwood was rotting anyway and the ants are just making the process move more quickly. I'm sure within a year the log will be little more than sawdust and firewood.


illi said...

This reminds me of the very strange bug I found in my apt the other day. Now that I'm thinking about it, it might have been a beetle... Anyways thanks for sharing! Nature in action is always fun to watch :)

Dave Brock said...

Personally I can spend hours observing natures free show. Beetles, ants, preying mantis...

If more people like you found things like a backyard beetle battle more entertaining then satellite tv and video games would become obsolete. I'm with you!


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