(CNSNews.com) – The U.S. Department of Interior announced this week that it is giving four states $5,802,180 in grants for projects that are designed in whole or in part to protect various types of threatened or endangered beetles. http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/beetlemania-feds-give-maryland-24m-prote
- $2,426,055 to help protect the habitat of the Puritan tiger beetle
- $1,130,625 to help the Coffin Cave mold beetle (as well as a spider, the Bone Cave harvestman)
- $994,500 and $366,000 to develop plans to preserve the valley elderberry longhorn beetle
- $750,000 to help protect the Mount Herman June beetle (and the Zayante band-winged grasshopper, the Ben Lomond wallflower and the Ben Lomond spineflower)
- $135,000 to help preserve wetlands inhabited by the Salt Creek tiger beetle
I never did really like beetles. They “skrunch” when you step on them. They are full various colors of mung. And they often emit orders – yeah, they stink. Especially that stink bug beetle who runs along and then if it feels threatened, sticks it’s butt up into the air. I don’t know where that stategy came from.
The mission of the Department of Interior is to “protect America. Wow. That makes me all warm and fuzzy.