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June 15, 2007


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Chris Wemmer

I find Eleodes scent kind of pleasing, but suppose I should try to eat one to test its effectiveness as a predation deterrent. Which reminds me of Doc Rickett's test of the nematocyst as the predatory weapon of sea anemones. The stings can barely be detected on the hand, so John Steinbeck's hero is said to have used his tongue as a more sensitive organ. He learned how deadly the nematocysts are. That's why I'll never taste an Eleodes.

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