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How many leaf beetles can dance on the head of a pin?

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One beetle, it seems. Klaus Bolte’s 40 X photograph is one of National Geographic‘s Best Microscopic Images of 2008.

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  1. #1 posted by Nathalie (Spacedlaw)

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    It would depend on the style of dancing too…

  2. #2 posted by John

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    If they’re doing The Bug, maybe two of them could fit. Not much room for manoeuvre though.

  3. #3 posted by Nathalie (Spacedlaw)

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    Acrobatic rock would need to be VERY acrobatic.
    And on a different topic, I thought of you today because I noticed that the statue in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele sported some fine young men struggling with bits of tentacles …
    http://flickr.com/photos/spacedlaw/2964967340/

  4. #4 posted by Nathalie (Spacedlaw)

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    Some information about the fountain can be found here:
    http://www.romasegreta.it/esquilino/piazzavittorioemanuele.htm
    (in Italian only sadly) Apparently, the mix of octopus with a triton caused the naturally sarcastic people of Rome to nickname the group as “fritto misto”…

  5. #5 posted by John

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    Heh, thanks Nathalie. I actually walked near there but would have missed it anyway, being more attracted by the bigger buildings. And the sarcastic name seem fitting when it’s close to “Zuppa Inglese”.

  6. #6 posted by bioephemera

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    Dammit, we used the exact same title for our posts. ;) I guess it was kinda obvious, wasn’t it? And I shouldn’t be surprised we used the same image, too. Sigh.

  7. #7 posted by John

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    Heh, yes, it’s rather inevitable given the picture.

 


 

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