Can you imagine paying $89,000 for a tiny insect? Well, that is the price of the stag beetle, a rather unique and very rare insect. This tiny insect is the most rare and strange species in the world. Unlike other insects, the stag beetle has red blood mandibles and protruding antlers hanging on the back of the head.
Stag Beetle Prevention
Since stag beetles can fly into lawns or tunnel underground, controlling them is hard work. The easiest way to avoid a stag beetle bite is to discourage the pests from coming into the yard. Adults are usually attracted by dead or decaying wood, where they like to lay their eggs, or by tree and plant sap.
Predators such as cats, foxes, crows, kestrels and others tend to strike at the most vulnerable stage in the beetle’s life cycle, when adults are seeking to mate and lay eggs. Though this is largely natural predation, the rise in the numbers of magpies and carrion crows in the last decade may be having an impact on stag beetle populations.
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