Oddities&Endities

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Beetle, not VW


Nazi fanatics killing off Hitler's special beetle
By Kate Connolly in Berlin
(Filed: 19/08/2006)

A blind beetle named after Adolf Hitler is under threat of extinction because of the demand for it within neo-Nazi circles, insect experts say.
Anophtalmus hitleri, or "eyeless Hitler", is being hunted in large numbers in its natural habitat in a single cave in Slovenia and specimens are selling for as much as £680, National Geographic Deutschland reported.
Martin Bähr, an entomologist at the Zoological State Collection in Munich, said: "There has been a run on these creatures. Collectors are scouring their natural habitat for them. Almost all of our specimens at the museum have been stolen."
The beetle was named by Oscar Scheibel, a Zagreb entomologist and Nazi supporter who discovered it in the 1930s.
Daily Telegraph

2 Comments:

Blogger gazza27 said...

The male of this species,only has one............thats how it got it's name!

7:01 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

How appropriate. A blind beetle for a blind ideology. Killing is what Neo Nazi's represent. I am sure when the beetle disappears they'll find something else to destroy.

8:08 PM  

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