Meet Spike, the Painting Beetle

Move over, cats; there’s an adorable new creature taking over the Internet. His name is Spike. He’s a beetle. And he paints. He paints so good. Behold Spike the beetle!

Unless we’re talking about the members of The Beatles around 1962, the words “beetle” and “cute” don’t usually go together (with the exception of this design:)

The Beetles” by Alex Solis

But this artistic insect is proving us wrong one paint stroke at a time. And not only is he (probably) the spirit of Michelangelo reincarnated into a bug – he’s also adorable.

Spike is a type of stag beetle found in Sumatra, Indonesia, but Spike himself lives in Japan with his enthusiastic and very loving owner, Mandy.

Spike the beetle isn’t a lone beetle, however; along with him, Mandy owns several other kinds of beautiful beetle babies. But Spike is – no offense to all the others – definitely the most artistically gifted of them all, and probably of his whole species, let’s be honest.

Why does Spike paint? Well, besides painting just for the love of it, in the wild male stag beetles use those big ol’ mandibles to tussle with each other as a way of showing dominance. Spike is doing basically the same behavior with a marker. Which makes for some fine artwork. He even signs it, as any proud creative would.

He also sometimes eats his work as he goes, feeding the creative juices with literal fruit and veggie juices.

Spike is equal parts the most talented, cutest, and most #metal looking painter in all the land. He may have a tough shell on the outside, but underneath that thick exoskeleton is the thorax and soul of a true, tiny artist. 

His owner Mandy always knew he was a star, but now the Twitterverse does as well, and he’s completely stolen our hearts. There’s even fanart of Spike! Our one complaint? Even though his dog costume for Halloween this year was pretty cute, we do have a costume suggestion for next year…

Betelgeuse” by Pyne.

Follow Spike the beetle on Twitter and be on the lookout for merch announcements here! And check out his site for more information!

Carlyn Hill

Content & Strategy Manager at Threadless by day, dad joke aficionado, cartoonist, & contributor for sites like HelloGiggles and The Mary Sue by night. When I’m not writing or drawing, you can find me in my cave of a room hanging out with my boyfriend, Netflix.

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