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Beetlemania, pt. 1

A professional cricket trader (huh?) and his son were arrested in Japan for smuggling 10 large beetles from Africa into the country. They sold six of them for a handsome profit through an internet auction site.

Apparently there's a substantial market for exotic insects in Japan; some people like to display them in their homes. They also like to use them for entertainment (beetle races, anyone?).

The rare beetles grow to four inches in length. Let's just say I'm glad they're rare.

March 15, 2005 in Bugs in the news | Permalink

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