A video showing a stag beetle fighting a giant robot replica of itself has gone viral on social media. The video, allegedly first uploaded by a Japanese engineer who built the robot beetle, shows the two opponents facing each other on a wooden platform.
The robot beetle, which is about three times larger than the real one, tries to grab the stag beetle with its metal mandibles, but the stag beetle manages to dodge and counterattack. In a surprising move, the stag beetle uses its powerful jaws to lift the robot beetle off the ground and slam it down to the ground. The stag beetle then walks away victoriously.
The video has been praised by many viewers for showcasing the amazing strength and agility of the stag beetle, which is the largest terrestrial insect in Europe. Stag beetles belong to the family Lucanidae, which contains about 1,200 species of beetles worldwide. They are named after their distinctive mandibles, which resemble the antlers of stags and are used for fighting and mating. Stag beetles can vary in size, but some males can grow up to 7.5 cm long.
One of the most striking features of stag beetles is their shiny appearance, which is caused by the reflection of light from their hard wing cases. These wing cases are made of chitin, a tough substance that protects the beetle’s delicate wings and body. The color of the wing cases can range from red-brown to black, depending on the species and the environment. Some stag beetles also have metallic or iridescent colors, such as the golden stag beetle (Lamprima aurata), which has a bright yellow-green hue.
Stag beetles are not only beautiful, but also strong. Their mandibles can exert a considerable amount of force, especially in males who use them to wrestle each other for mating rights. A study by researchers from Japan and Germany found that male stag beetles can generate up to 40 newtons of bite force, which is equivalent to lifting a 4 kg weight with their jaws. This force is enough to break small branches or even human fingers. However, stag beetles are usually harmless to humans and only bite when threatened or provoked.
Stag beetles are also remarkable for their long lifespan. They spend most of their life underground as larvae, feeding on decaying wood and growing through three stages until they pupate and transform into adults. This process can take up to six years for some species. After emerging from their cocoons, adult stag beetles live for only four months, during which they mate and reproduce. They mainly feed on tree sap and decaying fruits.
Stag beetles are an important part of the ecosystem, as they help recycle dead wood and provide food for other animals. However, they are also threatened by habitat loss, as people often remove old trees and rotting wood that they need to survive. In some countries, such as the UK, stag beetles are protected by law and conservation efforts are being made to preserve their populations. Stag beetles are also popular as pets in some Asian countries, where they are bred and sold in markets.
The video of the stag beetle vs robot fight has raised awareness and interest in these fascinating insects, as well as admiration for their skills and abilities. Many people have commented that they would like to see more videos of stag beetles or other insects fighting robots or each other. Some have even suggested that stag beetles should be used as inspiration for designing new robots or weapons. Whether you love them or fear them, you cannot deny that stag beetles are truly impressive creatures.