Stag beetles are one of the larger beetles that inhabit the Northern climate where I live and they are beautiful as well as fierce looking. The males have large mandibles that they use for fighting other males and defending themselves. They are believed to feed on sap and their larvae feed on decomposing wood. My son turned over a large log in my yard and discovered a whole nest of very large c-shaped grubs, which might belong to the stag beetle. Later that summer I ran across a large male in the park, unusual because normally they are active at night and are attracted to lights. He was a good 1.5″ long including his mandibles and was an impressive sight!
In honor of this cool beetle, I made a brooch/sculpture. The body is 2 ¾” long and 1” wide and it can be worn as a pin or keep you company on your desk. It’s sculpted of polymer clay with copper wire and glass beads.