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   xoxoxoBruce  Friday Nov 5 01:12 AM

Nov 5, 2010: Silver Beetle

Candy is dandy and liquor is quicker
You can drink all the liquor down at Costa Rica

But if you do, you might start hallucinating.

Roland Seitre may have thought he was hallucinating when he first spotted these metallic looking silver beetles, in the mountains of Costa Rica.

They look more like beetle shaped jewelery, than real bugs, with their shiny silver shells and purple feet.
But they are real, as are their metallic green, metallic yellow, and porcelain white cousins.

I don't think we should eat them though, any critter that flashy, usually tastes bad.


SPUCK  Friday Nov 5 04:18 AM

They're constantly bothered by other bugs trying to comb their hair.


Griff  Friday Nov 5 06:35 AM


Trilby  Friday Nov 5 07:49 AM

squish it anyway.

spudcon  Friday Nov 5 09:28 AM

They don't taste bad, they have bad taste.

BigV  Friday Nov 5 10:57 AM


I have a fine chain that would set one off *perfectly*, and idea I have shamelessly stolen from The Libertine.

Sundae  Friday Nov 5 01:26 PM

Pretty, pretty!
They'd look lovely on chocolate cupcakes.

Gravdigr  Friday Nov 5 02:06 PM

A ready-made brooch.

Slight  Monday Nov 8 02:03 AM

I have it on authority that "those are kind of common". My opinion: the dude snap'n the pictures is more 'playfully ignorant media whore' than 'cataloging entomologist'. Still cool pics though.

xoxoxoBruce  Monday Nov 8 02:26 AM

WTF? He was a French photographer on vacation in Costa Rica, and said he'd already seen them in a Costa Rican museum, just delighted to see them in the wild. Where are they common, you mean in Costa Rica?

wolf  Monday Nov 8 11:18 AM

My mind works in mysterious ways:

VW should do a bug in stainless steel. They could even call it the Wolfsburg Back to the Future Limited Edition.

glatt  Monday Nov 8 11:25 AM

Porsche did a 911 in stainless a while ago. Just to give it a go. Neat idea, but expensive.

Leah  Tuesday Nov 16 09:56 PM

We have Christmas beetles here in Australia that look similar to that.

Pete Zicato  Thursday Nov 18 10:29 AM

White Beatles:

xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Nov 18 12:35 PM

What's the 378383, something you added? My copies don't have that.

glatt  Thursday Nov 18 12:57 PM

My vinyl version doesn't have the serial number, but my CD copy does. I assumed it really was a unique serial number for the CDs. If I remember, I'll check my number at home.

Pete Zicato  Friday Nov 19 01:27 AM

Wikipedia describes it

xoxoxoBruce  Friday Nov 19 02:15 AM

I clicked on the link 5 times and Jimmy Wales was only staring at me twice.

Pete Zicato  Friday Nov 19 10:28 AM

You're breaking his resolve.

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