Crunchy on the Outside
By Robin Red Breast
Beetles are delicious, but they can be difficult to catch without damaging their delectable crunchy outsides. The experts can pluck them out of mid-air by their lacey little wings and not crack their shells. This is the ideal way to procure your beetle meal. Get your note pads out cause here are the steps for catching beetles without cracking!
Step 1: Locate a Properly Sized MealBeetles come in a variety of shapes and sizes. When trying to catch them out of mid-air it is important to remember that if you catch prey that is very large it may block your vision in flight. Not to mention the additional weight you’ll be carrying!
Step 2: Zero InAfter you’ve chosen your beetle meal, it is important to strike fast. These little suckers are tricky. Their roundness allows them to turn on a dime and evade even a seasoned hunter.
Step 3: The Best ApproachIt is best to swoop down on the flying beetle because many times, even if you don’t catch it, you’ll successfully hit it and knock it to the ground. This is a decent strategy but it can sometimes result in scrambled beetle (also delicious on occasion).
Step 4: Try, Try AgainAs with all these steps, this one will take some practice. Luckily, the wide world is full of beetles to practice on. Keep swooping down on them until you get it right.
A closing word of advice: Beetles have a high endurance level and have been known to lead us birds around on wild chases. Don’t let them exhaust you. Oh, and please, watch for cars!