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, and 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 spotted a few years ago was in much better condition.

4 thoughts on “Staghorn Beetle Salvage Operation

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

  2. 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).

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