Bess beetle greetings card
Bess beetle greetings card
Bess beetle greetings card
Bess beetle greetings card

Bess beetle greetings card

£3.00

Bess beetles are amazing parents - sharing the responsibilities of bringing up their young and communicating with a sophisticated language. Perfect card for insect lovers and the amazing people who raised you to be your wonderful self.

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Front: “BESS BEETLE, Odontotaenius disjunctus”
Inside: Blank
Back: “Bess beetles, or Passalidae, are a family of insects that have an unusually sophisticated language to talk to one another and are rare in that they share the responsibility for looking after their young into adulthood. The North American species on the front of the card is called the Jerusalem beetle or Odontotaenius disjunctus. Bess beetles produce 14 distinct sounds by rubbing the undersides of their wings across their abdomens, a behavior known as stridulation. Unlike most insects who deposit their eggs and then leave, Bess beetles remain together as a pair, sharing feeding and defending responsibilities, to raise their young.”

Size: 12.7 x 17.8 cm
Envelope: Recycled brown fleck Kraft
Cello: biodegradable
Card: 300gsm Soft Castillo White, Forestry Stewardship Council certified
Medium: Black ink fine liner

References
Jerusalem beetle: http://bugguide.net/node/view/265897/bgimage
Stridulation: http://insects.about.com/od/beetles/p/Bess-Beetles-Family-Passalidae.htm
Stridulation: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Passalidae
Raising young: http://insects.about.com/od/beetles/fl/10-Fascinating-Facts-about-Bess-Beetles.htm