Stag parties updsidedown at the millpond

July 23rd, 2014         4 comments

The size of its mandibles tells me it's proably a female

A Stag Beetle flails on the sidewalk upsidedownI don’t know how Stag Beetles survive without human crisis management. I found this one “dancing.” His six legs were flailing back and forth as he lay on his back on Monday night. If I hadn’t turned it over, I think it would still be dancing tonight.

Then again, maybe they can easily right themselves but there is some advantage to lying on their backs and waving their legs. Maybe it’s an invitation for mates to party. It seems inconceivable they don’t have a surefire method to flip over.

There are 1,200 species of Stag Beetles. It’s anyone’s guess which one this is.


§ 4 Responses to "Stag parties updsidedown at the millpond"

  • Barb Hoffmann says:

    Given that you don’t know which one of 1,200 species of Stag Beetles this one is, do you by chance know why they are called “Stag”?

  • Tom says:

    Thanks for introducing me to the ducks tonight. I’m very intrigued by this blog! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked by the mill pond and never thought twice about my surroundings! Although I live in Philly- I am definitely bookmarking this page and will check band from time to time! :)

  • DougPete says:

    @Barb: The link to Stag Beetles at Wikipedia states:
    “It is the resemblance of the male’s mandibles to the horns of a stag, and their use in combat between males, much like with deer, that gives the species its scientific and common names.”

    Many of the stag beetles have mandibles much larger than those on Michigan beetles, and they do look like antlers. Visit Wikipedia and you’ll see.

  • DougPete says:

    @Tom: It’s always fun for me to introduce ducks to people like you who express a sincere interest in knowing more about them. I’m glad you came to Brighton for a visit and we had a chance to meet. Let me know when you return next time and I’ll introduce you to more ducks and let you know the latest millpond happenings.

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