A Rare and Magnificent Stag Beetle

Cyclommatus

Cyclommatus scutellaris (a couple of difficult words to say)   Is generally identified by their seriously long mandibles that often exceed the beetle’s body length.  He is an elusive species of stag beetle, and though he looks rather menacing to humans he is actually somewhat weak and very fragile..  These mandibles give Cyclommatus a big advantage however when mating or fending-off  the competition.

Painted with Liquitex acrylics on watercolor paper 6years ago