Regular loaves of bread are so boring compared to these awesomely unsettling loaves perfectly shaped to resemble giant stag beetles. According to the folks at RocketNews24, the bread is labeled as “kuwagata, which means ‘stag beetle’ in Japanese” and it only costs 280 yen (US$2.74) per giant bread beetle. That sounds like a bargain to us.
These insectoid loaves were photographed by Japanese Twitter user tono_donoyukko who said, “I wanted to introduce this shocking bread I found yesterday.” We’re so glad she did. Now we can’t stop thinking about all the situations in which we’d enjoy eating freaky beetle bread.
THE LARVAE (AND ADULT FEMALE) OF THE TRILOBITE BEETLE
The trilobite [beetle] genus (Duliticola) belongs to the family Lycidae, commonly known as net-winged beetles.
This family is a pretty interesting one, because many of its species display huge physical differences between their males and their females. Trilobite beetles are no exception. While the females are easily recognisable – that incredible form is retained from when they were larvae [see Wikipedia neoteny] – the males look entirely different. They pretty much just look like plain old beetles, with long, winged bodies and a pair of thick antennae.
Generally I tend to photograph beetles from the side, or from above, to show their distinctive shape; what entomologists call ‘habitus’. This refers to the build or overall morphology of the organism. It is sometimes nice to take their picture as you would a friend - of their face, from the front. It is interesting how it can be easy to interpret (I definitely think over interpret!) human characters or emotions in them. In this bunch I see cute, coy and even evil or untrustworthy. Can you guess which ones I attribute these to?
Today the Department of Phenomenally Fancy Antennae found its new mascot: this amazing little male beetle from the family Phengodidae, also known as glowworm beetles. Their larvae are known as glowworms. Male glowworm beetles use their fancy-schmancy, feather-like antennae to detect and follow pheromones produced by female beetles.