Broken Beetle Bug Recording

On Sunday, August 8th 2010 I was sitting on my deck after a sweaty rock recording trip watching the meteor shower over the north sky whan I heard this “Buzzzzzzz…. Thwack!” I turned around and saw this huge bug on the deck trying to get himself upright and fly toward the porch light. It seems he hit the side of the house so hard that a wing busted off.

I sat there for a while and kept hearing a buzz and then a soft hit so I went and got my recorder and followed the bug around. Every time he tried to take off and fly he flew in circles and crash landed. He would end up on his back with his legs furiously trying to get himself turned over and ready for takeoff. Now and then he would scurry away towards the wall and try and climb up. He eventually landed on the recorder and made some cool vocal squeaks. I had a very hard time getting him off the recorder. (Sony PCM-D1)

Below are some crazy bug sounds.

Broken Beetle Bug 100808 by therecordist

Broken Beetle 8-8-10

Beetle with a broken wing attempting flight

Broken Beetle 8-8-10

Beetle with a broken wing aborted takeoff

Broken Beetle 8-8-10

Beetle with a broken wing trying to get flipped

Broken Beetle 8-8-10

Beetle with a broken wing OK now

Broken Beetle 8-8-10

Beetle with a broken wing on the PCM-D1

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