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Kablooie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:29 AM
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Bush honoured with own creepy-crawly
Edited on Thu Sep-17-09 11:30 AM by Kablooie
Old news but I thought it was interesting.
From 2005
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LONG after peace has settled over Iraq and the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections have faded to footnotes in history, President Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld will be remembered in the insect world.

The Americans entomological fans have shown their respect for the Commander-in-Chief, his Vice-President and the Secretary of Defence by naming three newly discovered species of slime-mold beetles after them.

Quentin Wheeler, the chief insect specialist at the Natural History Museum in London, said that he and Kelly Miller, a former colleague at Cornell University in the United States, wanted to reward their compatriots for sticking to their guns rather than accepting the expedient or popular.

So when they were given the job of naming 65 new species, three acquired the formal titles of Agathidium bushi, Agathidium cheneyi and Agathidium rumsfeldi.

The bushi beetle frequents the trees and logs of southern Ohio, North Carolina and Virginia, and his cheneyi cousin prefers Chiapas in Mexico.

The rumsfeldi beetle scurries around in Oaxaca and Hidalgo, in Mexico, occasionally taking to the air at night.


http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_amer...
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:31 AM
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1. 3 slime-mold beetles. apropos. nt
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woodsprite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:31 AM
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2. I was hoping they were variants of dung beetle. n/t
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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:42 AM
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3. That works.
Thank you, gentlemen.
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:46 AM
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4. Slime mold jokes aside
it's still 3 war criminals being rewarded and that's just sickening
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