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OOAK Gold Medal Beetle

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Chiasognathus granti is a Stag Beetle from Chile and Peru. I saw a bit on them during the TV series "Life", and was very impressed! (see the bit here: http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/life-darwin-beetle-tosses-rivals.html)

These guys climb tall trees in search of females, wrestling and tossing any males that might be in their way. That's what the jaws are for. Naturally, the biggest jaws usually win, and the male who makes it to the top gets to be the coolest dude and have all the chicks.

I imagined that my specimen of C. granti (also known as Darwin's Beetle, or Grant's Stag Beetle) was one of those winners, so I made a branch and a gold medal for him. He looks pretty good sporting it, no? If this guy could have seen his future, I'll bet he would have approved of being immortalized as a champion!

This piece is one of a kind. I made the branch from banana fiber paper, and the medal from black fibrous paper that I spray painted gold. The medal "ribbon" is a fiber from the banana paper that I tied in a loop. The blue background that reminds me of the sky and leaves is a piece of scrapbook paper I found. This specimen is a male C. granti from Cunco, Chile.

Frame is a double matted black and ivory shadowbox frame. Outer edge of the frame is made from black wood. Framed inner area measures 5x7". Entire piece is slightly larger than 8x10", and is about an inch deep. Comes ready to hang on your wall or stand upright. Each of my framed pieces comes with an identification card on the back.

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OOAK Gold Medal Beetle


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