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What do I hear a bid to buy for?

Posted Friday, November 23, 2007, at 12:37 PM

Entomologists take heart! You are going to be rich! Just this week someone auctioned off the right to choose the scientific name (at least the specific epithet) of a new species of butterfly. That auction peaked at $40,800 and the butterly will now be called: Opsiphanes blythekitzmillerae (don't ask me how to pronounce it). The butterfly's common name will be the Minerva owl butterfly, named after the late Margery Minerva Blythe Kitzmiller of Ohio.

Why am I excited? Simply this: There are over 1 million species of insects identified so far, but estimates are that there are at least that many more just waiting for discovery. At $40,000 a piece, that's $40 billion dollars to inspire budding entomologists worldwide. I would love to write more concerning this, but I need to go collect some bugs before a hard freeze sets in. I could have a few hundred thousand worth hiding in my backyard.

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a bug in the hand is worth two in "W's" hand......................

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