IMAGES: Meet the Beetles

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Science  25 Apr 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5619, pp. 557
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5619.557b

Beetles account for about 20% of all species—so large a fraction that the English geneticist and wag J. B. S. Haldane quipped that God must have “an inordinate fondness” for the critters. You don't need to feel that strongly to enjoy this introduction to the group from Cornell University. Get a close look at some of the ubiquitous insects with the Virtual Beetles feature, which allows you to rotate and zoom in on a selection of museum specimens. An impressive gallery showcases more than a dozen intricate drawings that reveal details such as the minute bristles on the mouthparts of this new species of Panamanian bess beetle. You can also watch footage of the destructive Asian long-horned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis), an introduced pest whose tunneling larvae have ravaged hardwood trees in New York, New Jersey, and Chicago.

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