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Beetlemania, pt. 2

More news in the business of big beetles. Five years ago, a beetle breeder (huh?) in Columbia made a discovery: a beetle of Herculean proportions. Appropriately called Hercules beetles, these critters grow to over eight inches long!

After a group of Japanese businessmen (see 'Beetlemania, pt. 1') got enthusiastic about the beetles, the breeder started exporting them to Japan and other countries where people seek them as exotic pets.

Once you've paid $130 US for your new pet, however, don't get too attached -- the beetles die of old age only six to eight months after reaching adulthood.

March 15, 2005 in Bugs in the news | Permalink

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