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Eudicella gralli

Eudicella gralli, sometimes called the flamboyant flower beetle or striped love beetle, is a brightly coloured member of the scarab beetle family, in the subfamily known as flower beetles. Their shells seem to have a prismatic quality, refracting the ambient light to give the green of their carapace a rainbow tint; this species of flower beetle lives in the rainforests of Africa, where it feeds on the nectar and pollen of flowers, but is popular in the exotic pet trade. The larvae of the flower beetle live in feeding on dead wood and leaf litter. Adults reach lengths of 25–40 millimetres; as in other species of this genus, the males have a "Y"-shaped horn, used to fight over females. The females have a shovel-like tusk, used for burrowing in wood. During their gestation period they will lay eggs. Vincent Allard, 1985 - The Beetles of the World, volume 6. Goliathini 2, Sciences Nat, Venette Vincent Allard, 1985 - Réhabilitation de Eudicella gralli pauperata Kolbe, bona species, Bulletin de la Société Sciences Nat, 46, p. 11.

Vincent Allard, 1985 - Réflexions sur la classification des groupes gralli et smithi du genre Eudicella White, Bulletin de la Société Sciences Nat, 47, p. 27. Eudicella gralli elgonensis photos at Beetlespace.wz.cz Eudicella gralli hubini photos at Beetlespace.wz.cz Natural Worlds

SAETA Flight 232

On 15 August 1976, SAETA Flight 232 en route from Quito, Ecuador, to Cuenca was reported missing while in flight. The SAETA-operated Vickers Viscount 785D carried 4 crew members. Searches of the possible crash area produced no results. A mid-route crash on the stratovolcano Chimborazo was considered to be most probable, though some speculated a guerrilla hijacking; the plane was found at 5,310m in October 2002 by two members of the Nuevos Horizontes mountaineering club, Pablo Chiquiza and Flavio Armas, while exploring a new route to the summit of Chimborazo via the Garcia Moreno Glacier. However, they did not report it immediately; the discovery wasn't confirmed until February 2003, when a team hired by the television station Teleamazonas went up to film a video of the wreckage, found human remains, newspapers from the day the plane disappeared and identification cards of known passengers. Description at Aviation Safety Network