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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Fuller ROUS beetles

Some Fuller rose beetles showed up on the feathery cassia looking very much like rodents of unusual size. Why in the name of analogous morphology should Pantomorus crevinus, a flightless beetle that reproduces parthogenically and sometimes turns the foliage of our shrubbery into a tattered mess but usually is not much of a bother, have a face like Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, a 140 pound semi-aquatic rodent sometimes referred to as Master of the Grasses and apparently cherished by minor zookeepers worldwide?

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