Last month, the U.S. Department of Interior announced that it was giving four states $5,802,180 in grants for projects designed to protect various types of threatened or endangered beetles.

This $5.8 million is only part of a group of 48 grants totaling $53.3 million which will go to seventeen states to develop conservation plans or purchase or preserve land for other habitats for species threatened or on the endangered species list.   

I personally think beetles will survive a nuclear war and don’t need our tax dollars but Maryland thinks it needs to protect the Puritan tiger beetle, Texas – the Coffin Cave mold beetle, California – the valley elderberry longhorn beetle and the Mount Herman June beetle, and Nebraska – the Salt Creek tiger beetle.

Beetles.  Really?