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March of the Beetles

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Sunday, April 6, 2014/Categories: Uncategorized

During the 19th Century, collectors of all things biological would pay dearly for a new specimen. The first birdwing butterflies from New Guinea, South East Asia, and Australia fetched a small fortune. 'Cabinets of Curiosities' were filled with beetles, butterflies, and bones and part of every manor house and museum. Sculptures and face masks were created out of beetles and butterfly wings.


Jewel Beetles  (credit: SWP Media)


Butterflies  (credit: SWP Media)

Time marches on and curiosity cabinets have fallen out of fashion but beetles, bugs, and butterflies still amaze. One prominent biologist once commented about the huge array of beetles: "God must love beetles as there are so many of them."

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