Bloody finger pointing at the culprit. Photo by Maria Fremlin, 5 June 2013.
Please, take note and don't do the same!
I have been bitten only once and it was by a male as well. It bit my thumb, one mandible hit the nail but the other one went through as if my flesh were butter.
Recent research has proved that the male grip is several times of the one of the females *.
I hope that this really debunks the myth that the females were the only ones that could give you a nasty nip!
* Goyens, J., Dirckx, J., Dierick, M., Van Hoorebeke,
L. and Aerts, P. (2014) Biomechanical determinants
of bite force dimorphism in Cyclommatus metallifer stag beetles. J. Exp. Biol. 217, 1065-1071. [Abstract]
Here is a lighter version: Stag beetle males compensate for massive mandibles.
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