Staghorn Beetle Salvage Operation

This resembles nothing so much as a “developing country” shipbreaking operation:

Stag Beetle vs Ants - rear

Stag Beetle vs Ants – rear

For all I know, the ants haul the carcass into position, blow the scuttling charges to loosen the armor, andĀ sink it in a convenient spot on the driveway:

Stag Beetle vs Ants - side

Stag Beetle vs Ants – side

The hulk vanished later in the day.

This is the season for staghorn beetles; the one we spottedĀ a few years ago was in much better condition.


  1. #1 by rkward on 2016-07-31 - 10:04

    Always neat to find a big beetle like this, but pretty amazing to watch these guys work.

    • #2 by Ed on 2016-07-31 - 13:52

      If ants were much bigger, they’d be way scarier…

  2. #3 by Red County Pete on 2016-08-01 - 11:13

    We’re getting a big beetle around here that about 1.5″ long. I haven’t found a match for it (beetle abdomen, but long antennae, brown color), but it’s interesting. Even our lab/aussie gives it a pass; it must taste really bad for her to do that. The border collie thinks it’s too weird for her; she prefers to investigate the tiny frogs we get (smaller than the bug).

    • #4 by Ed on 2016-08-01 - 11:38

      Maybe those bugs taste better with some chili powder? [wince]