Tuesday, June 16, 2009

kuwagata

The other day while walking to the market, I spotted this squished kuwagata (stag beetle). I've only seen the live ones in the pet stores, most quite expensive.

I showed Satoshi the photo and he said that it may have been a wild one or maybe it flew away from its owner. (yipes! they can fly??)

Too bad it got squished. The next day it was gone. Either a cat/bird got it or one of the housewives around there swept it up.

13 comments:

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

Kat, you're so creative at analyzing different aspects of Japanese culture!

Have you ever seen kids feed the special jello stuff to the beetles?

K and S said...

Thanks Abigail! Ooh yeah I have seen that jello thingy, I wonder if it is sweet?

Take care.
Kat

Rowena... said...

So I was thinking to myself...if I were to be faced with a flying hawaiian B52 and one of those flying kuwagata at the same time...you know that is just too much of a scary thought. Better to call Kikaida to the rescue.

K and S said...

Ha ha that is so funny Rowena, well not if they were both flying towards you...the Kikaida part (did you know the guy that acted as Kikaida is still around?? if I am not mistaken in Hawaii)

Take care.
Kat

chimerastone said...

Ahh. Poor Beetle.
Bug keeping is popular in Japan because there's not much space for larger animals such as dogs and cats.
I heard people use Stag bugs for fighting such as Sumo wrestling.
There's Stag Beetles in the Uk but they are very rare and only found in the East side.

Rowena... said...

I had read on Debi (with the doxies) blog that she had actually met the guy! Too cool.

K and S said...

I had no idea people used their beetles for fighting Chimerastone, interesting :)

If I remember correctly, my friend went karaoke-ing with him, Rowena :)

Take care you two.
Kat

Debinhawaii said...

Not the most adorable pet out there but interesting and I guess perfect for small spaces.

K and S said...

That is true, Deb, especially if they can fly...yipes! but you are right about it being perfect for small spaces.

Take care.
Kat

Jann said...

We have plenty of beetle looking bugs here in FL....may I send you some? Poor little fella!

K and S said...

Thanks Jann but no thanks :)

Take care.
Kat

Mikuru Hirai said...

Poor beetle. RIP. Whenever I see a roadkill, or a squished insect, I say a little prayer. (Don't laugh, it's true. LOL)

K and S said...

Thanks Mikuru Hirai, I often say a prayer too, not always though.

Take care.
Kat