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Salagubang….

…is a remarkable flying scarab beetle that proliferates around the mango tree. On average about 2" long and half as wide, they are what could be termed as the insect equivalent of a bull in a china shop! They are not so much an aerodynamic Concorde but rather a bucket single propelled bi-plane, and fly around oblivious to any obstacles in their path. Beetle

Their top speed would put a Vespa to shame, and although they are harmless, they can give a good thump on the head if you have the misfortune to be directly in their line of fire. Imagine a cartoon bullet ricocheting off the walls, ceilings, chairs and just about everything else…ping, twang, boing, whoosh – and there you have the Salagubang.

After having spent it's totally directionless, frantic and erratic display, it will settle down (anywhere) and remain motionless for hours. I actually became rather fond of them over the weeks, and I put down their significant numbers to my huge mango tree that was prolific with fruit – indeed they were dropping off the branches. Beetlecrop

They are a common site in the rural areas, although not very popular with Filipino farmers as their larvae can damage crops. As well as being somewhat of a fried delicacy in some parts – children also get alot of fun out of them, as they tie threads to their legs and the creatures then buzz around in circles.Just like those toy planes which do the same. I suppose this sort of behaviour could be regarded as sadistic and cruel, but it's a beetle and I doubt it's any the wiser. I don't condone it myself – but c'est la vie.

I came across this randy pair crossing the drive, and couldn't resist the snap. The fact that I took the photo at all was the subject of much amusement!

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May 23, 2009 - Posted by | The Philippines

5 Comments »

  1. Last night, it was featured on the local TV here, Jessica Soho Reports.. Somewhere in Nueva Vizcaya it’s an exotic delicacy here. Very crunchy! Sounds yummy. lol

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    Comment by naiza | May 24, 2009 | Reply

  2. paano ko po malaman kong anung specie ng salagubang ang mayroon ako? dark mahogany po ang color nya

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    Comment by jane avila | July 18, 2012 | Reply

  3. Thank you Jane for visiting Bardiness. Unfortunately I don’t know what the various classifications of Salagubang are. You could try asking the entomology dept at the University of Los Banos http://old.uplb.edu.ph/ca/degprog/entom

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    Comment by Bar De Ness | July 20, 2012 | Reply

  4. Looks like the old dung beetle to me but obviously can’t be.

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    Comment by Spook Moor | August 1, 2012 | Reply

  5. Yes it looks very similar, but it doesn’t like dung, it likes fruit. Which makes it much more agreeable.

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    Comment by Bar De Ness | August 2, 2012 | Reply


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