Jul 25, 2017

Beetle art (Pics)

Stag beetles are magnificent creatures and are one of the strongest insects in the world. Found in many parts of Asia, stag beetles are listed as a globally threatened species.

A certain stag beetle named Spike shot to fame recently after his artwork went viral on Twitter. He is owned by Mandy Bryant, a teacher living in Japan's Nagano prefecture.

Armed with coloured markers, Spike was able to draw miniature paintings using splashes of colour he created while moving around on an easel.

"He jerked a marker around on paper when I gave it to him. Thinking it was funny, I posted those pictures and they exploded overnight."

Spike's little paintings have thrilled many online and attracted a growing fan base. Ms Bryant has since decided to auction them off on Ebay, with bids reaching over $130 (£100). She added that 15% of proceeds would go to a UK-based conservation group for stag beetles.

Stag beetles are identified by their massive antlers known as mandibles which they use them in courtship displays and to wrestle other beetles with. Spike often uses his to pick up household objects like this kitchen knife.

Ms Bryant hopes that her little beetle's new fame will help people appreciate insects. "The amount of love for Spike (who is not the cuddliest looking guy) has been staggering and really incredible," she said. "I hope that people can start to see insects as any other part of the natural world: beautiful and fascinating. They really aren't as scary as you think”

(Pics : BBC News)