'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Thursday, 17 March 2011

Spiky beetles

"From the small size of insects, we are apt to undervalue their appearance. If we could imagine a male Chalcosoma with its polished, bronzed coat of mail, and vast complex horns, magnified to the size of a horse of even of a dog, it would be one of the most imposing animals in the world."
Charles Darwin, 'The Descent of Man'


  1. How many unrecorded species or sub-species of rainforest beetles have become extinct without ever being seen by human eyes? (Err...I don't expect an answer)

  2. Yes. That's right YP. And frogs. And orchids. And unique somethings that just happened to produce a sticky substance that would have been of immense benefit to humankind because it ....

  3. Good Lord, I blink and turn around and before I can say "Jack Robinson" you've made three new posts.

  4. Ah, just a temporary thing probably Robert. Don't panic. But, I used to post almost daily donchaknow!?
    Back in '08 I made 234 posts... Don't know how I did it, really!

  5. I have to say that I'm mightily glad that they aren't even the size of a large cat never mind the size of a horse! At their present size I can cope with their beauty and awesome structure.