Daily Archives: September 30, 2010

Strange insect encounter: Carrion Beetle with Mites

I’ve heard of “carrion beetles” but this is more like a “carry-on beetle”:

Amanda and I were outside the cabin in Cass County, Minnesota last week, cutting pieces of plywood for sub flooring, and we saw this creature among the debris. At first I thought it was some kind of wasp covered with tiny spiders, but on further investigation it turned out to be a beetle covered with mites. When we first saw it, there were many more mites than in this photo, and they were virtually roiling on the insect’s surface. It looked almost as though the insect was foaming.
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Huxley in Tears: Almost all baby stuff recalled !!!!

Fisher-Price recalls more than 10 million items

Fisher-Price is recalling more than 10 million tricycles, toys and high chairs over safety concerns.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday that two of the products being recalled involved injuries.

In the recall of about 7 million Fisher-Price Trikes and Tough Trikes toddler tricycles, the agency is aware of 10 reports of children being hurt. Six of them required medical attention.


“First, the baba juice is recalled, now this! Who put these people in charge!” complains namesake of Darwin’s Bulldog.