Insects aren't usually considered a must-have fashion accessory. But recently, a woman crossing the border between Mexico and Texas was stopped for her live beetle adorned with blue and gold jewels. The woman's "brooch" was attached to her clothing with a gold chain and safety pin and was allowed to wander along her clothing. The beetle jewelry was seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection for further identification.
Apparently, adorning live beetles with jewels and chains is nothing new. It's been going on for decades, maybe centuries, and Jackie Kennedy reportedly had one decked out with emeralds.
The beetles are often of the Makech variety from the Yucatan Peninsula. They eat rotting wood, are wingless, and have hairy legs that stick to clothing like Velcro. If the Makech isn't handled too much it can live for 4 to 5 years; whether that life will be a pleasant one is another question.
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