Harlequin beetle

Harlequin beetle

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Caption: Harlequin beetle (Acrocinus longimanus). This specimen has been preserved so that its haemolymph (body fluid) can be extracted. It is one of the largest beetles in the world, measuring up to 65 millimetres in length. The insect is a severe pest of tree plantations in its native South America, however it is hoped that it may present some benefit to human health. This and other insects are being screened in search of new antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-cancer drugs by a company called Entomed, based in Strasbourg in France. Between 1999 and 2003, Entomed analysed more than 175 novel molecules with potential medical effects.

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