Jul 29, 2013 - Arthropods, Insects    No Comments

Stag Beetle

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Lucanus elephus

Perhaps its habits are not so strange as to be astonishing, but what the Elephant Stag Beetle (also known as a Pinch Bug) loses in technique it makes up in style. Truly fitting both the name of elephant and stag, Cheap mlb Jerseys the males of this Heidi species have both size and they “may bear paired jaws fully as long as the rest cheap oakleys of the beetle.” (The Audobon Society Encyclopedia of Animal Life p. 429) Yes, I said jaws. They may look like antlers, horns, or some cheap jordans other strange cranial apparatus, Cheap Oakleys but they are in fact enormous mandibles. I, unfortunately, was not able to photograph a male beetle, so I instead have only a humble female. They, however, still have fairly large jaws. Imagine this beetle, but with jaws about three times as long. The enormous jaws possessed by you the male are used in fierce duels with other males over a female buy gabapentin online. The males wrestle violently with cheap jordan fake oakleys each other, each trying desperately to overturn his opponent. Once one of them has been turned topsy-turvy, the other has won the hand – or mandibles, perhaps – of the female, and the loser is left on his back to struggle his way back onto his feet.

Found in eastern North America, and mostly in the eastern United States, these beetles live in rotting wood and vegetation, which their larvae eat. I am not sure what the adults cheap oakleys outlet eat… cheap oakleys and I still cannot figure out how the males eat when they have jaws as replica oakleys big as themselves.