is a blood
. It is practiced in
areas in China, Japan, and
fighting is a traditional Chinese pastime that
dates back to the Tang Dynasty of
618-907 and had long been mainly practiced by aristocrats, senior
officials and wealthy merchants.
It is also a casual
activity for youth in western
and is known colloquially as "bugfighting".
Individuals may hoard many different type of insects for the
fights. Some of the most popular are the Stag Beetle
, Rhinoceros Beetle
, and Goliath
, as their sheer size and jumping ability make them
formidable opponents. They are trained by their owners to become
stronger and more aggressive. A training method involves using
supplemental feedings of sugar from sugarcane (their favorite food
and nesting areas) to help the beetles grow bigger. After the
training is complete, the owners will take them to the designated
fighting arena and the insects fight each other.The most common
insects used in China are grasshoppers
or praying mantis
(mainly Chinese Mantis
). Sometimes the fight will be
between two different type of insects fighting in a makeshift
"arena".Insect fighters claim that their activity provides free
entertainment while removing pests from the environment.
With beetles, a small noisemaker is used that duplicates the
female's mating call (fighting beetles are male). Getting beetles
to fight requires patience and is much different than other types
of animal fighting. The loser is pushed onto his back by the
winner, pushed off of a tree limb, or a predetermined area.
The fight can take place on a log, stump, or circle drawn in the
dirt, anywhere that is a small ring. Fights are won either by one
insect pushing the other out of the ring, one of them running out
of the ring (which rarely happens), or one of them being flipped
over during the fight. With beetles, it is extremely rare for one
to die during a fight.
In popular culture
Insect fights are featured in: