Wednesday, April 27, 2005

A. bushi, A. cheneyi and A. rumsfeldi.

The yahoo Rumsfeld fan club finds some entomologists naming bugs after politicans.

Wheeler [the entomologist] said he never expected that the slime-mold beetle would attract such international attention. "It was not meant to be political," he said, noting that he assigned the names almost at random to the similar-looking beetles. A. bushi can be found in the Midwest, while A. cheneyi and A. rumsfeldi live in the mountainous regions of Mexico.

And while Wheeler marvels at these tiny beetles and their symbiotic relationship with slime molds, there's always the possibility that a distinguished celebrity might take offense to being compared to an insect.

The White House said it had no response to its beetle namesakes.

But a spokesman for Rumsfeld said the defense secretary was pleased. "The competition was probably intense, and he is honored to be among those selected."

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