FROM ISSUE #55 (10 AUG 2001 - 16 AUG 2001) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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A few weeks ago we reported a new kind of beetlemania in Japan?watching beetle fights with Nepali contestants. Then two Japanese were caught at the airport a fortnight ago, trying to sneak out a box of beetles. Now, the Kathmandu District Forest Office says it has arrested three Nepali men, accomplices of the Japanese duo. In Japan the micro-rhinoceros-like insects are even prized as pets and fetch anywhere between Rs 30,000- 40,000 a pair. Five of the 300 species of the bugs found at 1,800-2,500 m in Nepal are especially popular.