Stag Beetles Locked in Mortal Combat



Image: Kevin Day

Photographer Kevin Day dubbed this fearsome-looking pair of stag beetles the Beast and the Contender. It’s pretty easy to tell which is which! Check out the size difference!


Image: Kevin Day

Stag beetles use their huge jaws to wrestle other males in disputes over the smaller females, food (such as tree sap or rotting fruits) and resting sites. Territorial as the next males, the Beast and the Contender face off in battle.

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