6 June 2008

Beetles and bears

"Dung Beetles are the New Polar Bear" is the brave, cheeky headline of an e mail from the Center for Biological Diversity (recommending an article which says that "lowly bugs, spiders and mollusks are more critical to ecology than larger, glamorous mammals.")

Whatever else proves to the case, it's true that some small creatures -- most obviously bees (e.g. 1996, 2008) -- already mobilize imagination and conservation effort.

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