Tuesday, September 17, 2013


"Beetle-browed" means having messy or bushy eyebrows, giving one a sullen or scowling appearance. That would be the definition of American radio and television journalist Andy Rooney (1919-2011), long-known as a curmudgeon. How doubly appropriate, then, that entomologists have bestowed his name on the beetle above (PHOTOGRAPHED BY SAM DROEGE IN THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK) from the species Ripiphoridae. "It's all our staff who geek out about this stuff," explains Danielle Brigida, of the National Wildlife Federation.

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