Hercules Beetle Fighting Festival (21-27 Sept)

Photo from Richard Barrow
When I first saw this I was reminded of being in the school playground with the other children - no gambling took place (that I knew of).

This is a festival where the male beetles fight for the privilege of the female beetle.

The festival was reintroduced to increase the numbers of this bug which was dying out - Chaingrai United (Thai Premier League) even adopted the bug as their emblem!

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