28 May '11, 11pm

20 (More) Strange and Exotic Endangered Species | WebEcoist via @webecoist

20 (More) Strange and Exotic Endangered Species | WebEcoist via @webecoist

Put anything in a place where it’s hot and wet 99% of the time, and it will grow. Whether it’s a fern, a vine or a dear-Jeebus-that’s-horrifying beetle, things just come bigger in the tropics. The seriously endangered and geographically unique Frigate Island Beetle is no exception. It’s the largest of the tenebrionid beetles and the most at risk. If you ever leave the internet long enough to visit Frigate Island and you pick up a beetle and it stains your hands and clothes with a “musky” scented purple ink, put that little guy somewhere safe! You’ve just happened upon a Frigate Island beetle.

Full article: http://webecoist.com/2008/12/02/strange-and-bizarre-endan...

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