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Buzz Over Live Beetle Fashion Accessories

March 30, 2012 by staff 

Buzz Over Live Beetle Fashion Accessories, All things Mayan have been heating up in the travel world, as predictions of astrological apocalypses lure tourists. But think twice about bringing back the “latest” ancient Mayan fashion statement to the United States: Bling that melds instant glue, a tenebrionid beetle, jewelry, and a marked insensitivity to creepy-crawlies on your bosom isn’t welcome on this side of the border.

The maquech brooch, a concept attributed to the Mayas and now popular among some hard**re Mexican ladies, pins a live critter to one’s lapel. The leashed beetle then crawls about, evoking images of chained slaves or Princess Leia chained by Jabba the Hutt.

The AP video on the buggers has gone viral, although crackdown on the blinged beetles has been an ongoing one and falls under U.S. Department of Agriculture laws against illegally importing plants and animals from other countries.

That hasn’t stopped jewelry hounds from trying to pull a fast one at the border over the years. An incident was reported in 2010 at the Mexico-Texas checkpoint, but beetle-eyed inspectors recognized a pest when they saw one. And the brooch bugs out animal activists. “Beetles may not be as cute and cuddly as puppies and kittens, but they have the same capacity to feel pain and suffer,” said a PETA spokesperson at the time.

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