'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'


5 comments:

  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)

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  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 ....

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

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  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!

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  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.

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