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Roda’s critter connection: Maikäfer

My dear Fairy Sister has a passion for critters and frequently shares her finds on her blog. No critter is too small or big she says as she encourages us to share our own critters.

Last night I came across a Maikäfer, a large beetle known to be seen in May. I haven’t seen any in many years and never seen them anywhere else besides Germany. This huge, little guy 😉 was sitting deep inside the brush and I wished I could have gotten a better picture that is clearer. I still had to contribute it, wondering if someone else has seen this rare guy.

Sorry for the poor quality, but has anybody else ever seen a Maikäfer?


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23 thoughts on “Roda’s critter connection: Maikäfer

  1. Ich kenne die als Juni Käfer, die halten sich ordentlich fest wenn die auf Dir oder deinen Klamotten sitzen, wie so klebrige Füßchen, kann mich aber auch täuschen😏

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    1. In Canada, there is something similar, called the ‘June Bug’ because they mate in June and get stuck in people’s hair during their mating flights. 😉 However, like the Cock Schaefer (translation), they are brown in colour, not shiny black.

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    2. In Kanada gibt es etwas Ähnliches, den “June Bug”, weil sie sich im Juni paaren und bei ihren Paarungsflügen in den Haaren der Menschen stecken bleiben. 😉 Allerdings, wie der Hahn Schaefer (Übersetzung), sind sie braun, nicht glänzend schwarz.

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      1. Courtesy of Google translate. I can take no credit as I can’t speak German and only recognise odd words. But I wanted to see what the comment was from Gisi and at least be polite in a response. 😊💟

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    3. Ich habe die beiden verglichen und die sehen ziemlich ähnlich aus. Haha zum Glück hat mich noch keiner attackiert. Aber es stimmt und ich glaub die haben so kleine hacken an den Beinen die sich festhalten. Vielleicht kannst du noch einen sehen 😉


  2. That is (I think) a female ‘Stag Beetle. Her male counterpart is up to 8cm long. Sightings are rare now as the beetle is disappearing and extinct in many places.

    Your name for it, translates into English as ‘Cock Chaefer’ but that (although large) is a different colour.

    In UK, this web site asks that you let them know about sightings as the Stag Beetle is so endangered in Britain.

    So…a special sighting Rhapsody. In the animal spirit guides, beetles are associated with … Karma, Spirituality, Awareness, Interaction, Time Management, and Creativity.
    I think that you may be getting a message that your path is right on track and to keep all of these things in mind. 💟

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      1. PS – I have always been a bit of an insect lover, ever since I was a small child. I would play for hours in my garden, talking to the ants, spiders, caterpillars and butterflies. I have only been stung three times in my life (accidentally), but make a habit of rescuing drowning bees on my hand. They always seem so grateful to be rescued and stay on my hand happily drying themselves. 😉

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    1. Wow very cool and I’m surprised I didn’t think of looking up the spiritual meaning of the sighting. It was unusual to say the least and it’s been decades that I have seen one. I will dig deeper for sure.
      Thank you so much, you are a gem 💎

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  3. We’ve seen male stag beetles twice where we live in Hampshire, UK, once last summer and once about four years ago. Also found a head with antlers on the ground once. That’s the only sightings in the 6 years at this house. They were truly amazingly mind-boggling, so large and impressive and they were flying on both occasions. Interesting that the kafer part of the word is so like Khefer, which is another word for Khepri (Ancient Egyptian God). They revere the dung beetle which is known to many as the scarab. This represents transformation, death and rebirth.

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    1. Very cool and not in the least bit surprised anymore. Another sign along the journey with a deeper meaning I yet have to explore. I think all three, transformation, death and rebirth are valid for me throughout this journey. Thank you so much for sharing. Xo

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      1. I’m not surprised you’re not surprised! Can these words appear in any more ways? They have come up in tarot, in topiary, to name but a few, and now in teeny-weenies…. my breath is bated. But, my love, it is your true wisdom to embrace! x

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