A brooch made of living beetle

Ironclad beetles play dead when they feel threatened. And they're so good at it that, in Mexico, the living animals are often bedazzled and sold as jewelry. Jewelry that, occasionally, moves on its own. Neat! But you should not try to wear one back to the United States. (Via Greg Gbur)


  1. Bedazzled bugs… what will they think up next?
    Seriously, though, are you s’posed to feed and water your ‘jewelry’?
    And, while we’re at it; let’s come up with some catchier designs, huh?
    That looks like something no-one’s worn for, like, ages.

  2. Ugh, rich people make me sick.  Let’s think of more ways we can torture
    animals and destroy the natural world as a way to conspicuously display
    our wealth.  Yuck.

  3. Having had some experience with ironclad beetles, if you’re going to choose a beetle for this they’re optimal.  Extremely desert-adapted, barely need water or food for very long periods of time, and remarkably well-armored.  Yes, it sucks, but would you prefer they killed them first?  That’s the typical method for beetle-based jewelry. 

    Unnecessary, but it’s no blood diamond.

    1. “Yes, it sucks, but would you prefer they killed them first?”

      Uh, how about not do anything with them, but instead let them live their lives unadorned.

      This is horrid. Right up there with goldfish in 70s shoe heels and painted and bedazzled hermit crab shells.

  4. I had a conversation with someone just yesterday about this.  He remembers them being sold in New York City some decades ago, and that the beetles were imported from Mexico.

  5. I remember reading a magazine article about actress Tina Youthers from Family Ties at least 20 years ago. In the accompanying photo she was wearing one of these. At the time I think she was in a heavy metal band or something.

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