Spike, the stag beetle, melting hearts with his drawings

Spike showing off his ability to grasp objects with his strong jaws.
Spike showing off his ability to grasp objects with his strong jaws.PHOTO: TWITTER/@SPIKETHEBEETLE
Spike showing off his ability to grasp objects with his strong jaws.
Spike showing off his ability to grasp objects with his strong jaws.PHOTO: TWITTER/@SPIKETHEBEETLE
Spike showing off his ability to grasp objects with his strong jaws.
Spike showing off his ability to grasp objects with his strong jaws.PHOTO: TWITTER/@SPIKETHEBEETLE

Spike, a pet beetle about the size of a thumb, has set the Internet abuzz with his natural talent - drawing.

Holding a felt-tip marker each time between his strong jaws, the slow-moving stag beetle would create abstract art on his mini canvas with colourful crisp lines.

His owner, a 27-year-old teacher named Mandy Bryant who lives in Japan's Nagano prefecture, described to the BBC that Spike is "sweet and curious".

"For a little bug, he has a lot of personality," she was quoted as saying.

Spike's doodles have gained him a following. This month, he debuted as an artist, selling his artwork on eBay.

By Tuesday (July 11), his drawing has attracted 70 bids ranging between US$10 (S$13.84) and US$321.

The winning bidder will receive Spike's original artwork on canvas, a small wooden easel, a photograph of the work being made, as well as a "thank you" note, personalized by Spike with the buyer's name, though "legibility may vary, according to his eBay page.

Ms Bryant, who also owns three other stag beetles, a threatened species, pledged to donate 15 per cent of the proceeds to the People's Trust for Endangered Species, a charitable organisation that works to protect the natural habitats of wildlife.

"I hope that people can start to see insects as any other part of the natural world: beautiful and fascinating. They really aren't as scary as you think," Ms Bryant told the BBC.