@harebell He was beige with tiny black dots, and his legs were black. I believe his head was black too. Give me a few minutes of searching and I'll turn up something that looks like him...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Zopheridae_jewelry_sjh.jpg Yeah that is exactly what my fourth grade brain remembers, but mine just had one jewel on the back, none of that gaudy head stuff. ;)
Not sure how I missed THIS story!: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1245471/Anything-declare-Maam-Woman-entering-U-S-LIVE-gem-encrusted-beetle-brooch.html
Nothing is coming up for the Mall of America and beetles, though I saw a few strange references to the butterfly store in old forums. There are very few accounts of anyone in the U.S. even having them. Where are all the weirdo girls whose moms bought them beetles instead of cats?
@frigwiggin I don't think I ever dared to bring him outside the house, but I know there were a few times when my mom told me to pin him on my shirt because neighbors were coming over. Mooooommmmm!!!
So...that beetle quote (which is indeed the BEST quote about anything I've read in the last few months) really resonates with me because of a certain pet I had in fourth grade. This "certain pet" was a beetle on a chain.
Across from the Rainforest Cafe at the Mall of America was a butterfly store (or rather, a dead butterfly store: they sold mounted butterflies in pretty glass cases). In addition to butterflies, they sold beetles on chains!! My mom didn't want to buy me a pet that required any work, so she (jokingly?) offered to buy me one of the beetles.
So obviously I said yes and brought home a beetle that had a (deep red!) jewel glued on its back, which was attached to an earring post by a thin chain. He lived for like three years and drank water from a piece of tree bark that I had to soak a few times a week. On special occasions, he could have a chunk of apple with no peel.
Has anyone seen anything more modern than 1879 about beetle chain pets? My internet searches never turn anything up.
@OwlOfDerision Those all sound like delicious tropical cocktails, so I'll add Master & Margarita!
@Countess Maritza Registered to comment (and obviously chose an Anna Karenina-related username because it's the novel that sent me down the path of Russian studies) because of this movie poster. "You can't ask why about love." Isn't that the epigraph Tolstoy considered before going with "Vengeance is mine, I will repay"? ;)