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'Spike' the beetle creates squiggly art with markers

By Daniel Uria

July 5 (UPI) -- A stag beetle in Japan has become an internet sensation by creating squiggly line art using its pincers.

Twitter user "itmemandy" shared photos of her pet stag beetle "Spike" using his pincers to draw squiggly lines with markers.

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"What do you think?" Mandy wrote. "Only constructive criticism, please."

After her post was retweeted more than 65,000 times and received nearly 170,000 likes she decided to make Spike his own profile to show off his artwork, which has more than 9,00 followers.

One video post featured Spike "improving his form" as he balanced a blue marker between his pincers and slowly walked in a circle to draw on a blank piece of paper in his signature style.

Mandy also shared a FAQ about Spike and her other three pet stag beetles Sally, Julius and Cleo.

She said the artistic beetle is 6 months old likes bananas and dislikes empty jelly cups, while adding that stag beetles make good pets.

"They're popular for kids in Japan, because they are very low maintenance," she said. "Like any small pet, they're not affectionate, but they're very fun to watch, especially docus species. If you are careful you can handle them, although some species are more aggressive than others."

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Spike has continued to his unique brand of art and Mandy plans to auction off his pictures to benefit a charity for stag beetle conservation.

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