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August 19, 1999
An unusual series of pictures, one of them shown above, reveals a bombardier beetle directing a stream of hot, irritating chemicals in response to an attack. The beetle cannot deploy its wings rapidly to fly away from an assault by ants or other predators. So it has developed the hot, stinging spray that is ejected at 212 degrees Fahrenheit and contains toxins such as hydrogen peroxide and irritating quinones. Mixing the chemicals generates the heat.
February 10, 1998
Superior Industries Inc. was awarded a contract from Volkswagen to supply aluminum wheels for the company's new VW Beetle. Superior will manufacture the wheels at its Chihuahua, Mexico, plant beginning in the middle of this year. Superior, which is based in Van Nuys, is a major supplier of aluminum wheels to the Big 3 auto makers, plus European and Japanese car makers, although this latest contract marks its first deal to supply aluminum wheels to Volkswagen.
April 28, 1998 | From Associated Press
The Bug isn't only cute, it's tough. The New Beetle easily trumped 11 small-car competitors with the strength of its front and rear bumpers in slow-speed crash test results released today. The Beetle sustained $134 in total damages from four crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an insurance research group. The second-place finisher, the Saturn SL2, had damages nearly five times more costly.
November 15, 1992 | From Associated Press
The Agriculture Department established a quarantine Friday in six Northeastern states to prevent the spread of the pine shoot beetle, an exotic pest with a taste for Christmas trees. USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said the quarantine would restrict the movement of pine products from 42 infested counties in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York and Indiana.
July 22, 1986 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
A rapidly spreading infestation of Australian beetles is threatening to kill millions of eucalyptus trees in Southern California unless natural enemies of the pest are imported from Australia, according to a UC Riverside entomologist. The beetle, known as the eucalyptus longhorn borer, was first detected in an Orange County eucalyptus grove near El Toro in October, 1984. In the last 21 months it has spread to every Southern California county, entomologist Robert F. Luck said.
October 7, 1988 | GERALD FARIS, Times Staff Writer
Officials and residents in Palos Verdes Estates are looking for ways to combat an invasion of the pernicious Australian eucalyptus borer beetle, which is having a significant impact here on eucalyptus trees. The beetle was first noticed in the South Bay two years ago. Combatting the pest, whose larvae kill the tree, took center stage at last week's City Council meeting.
May 2, 1986 | BOB POOL, Times Staff Writer
A spreading beetle infestation that could threaten millions of eucalyptus trees in Southern California has prompted warnings from Los Angeles County officials against transporting eucalyptus firewood in the Los Angeles area. "It's a time bomb," said Herbert Spitzer, a senior deputy county forester who discovered three beetle-infested trees in Sylmar in the San Fernando Valley two weeks ago. "Before this insect came, eucalyptus was insect-free--there wasn't a pest that could harm it.
January 30, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Voracious beetles with a taste for religious works have brought havoc to a collection of some of the rarest books in Britain, London newspapers said today. The tiny munchers, a species of Australian spider beetle and biscuit beetle, happily burrowed and ate their way through a quarter of 5,000 priceless volumes at a library in Cornwall in southwest England before they were detected. Staff members of the library at Lanhydrock House believe the beetles were carried in on cut flowers.
October 12, 1988
Officials and residents in Palos Verdes Estates are looking for ways to combat an invasion of the pernicious Australian eucalyptus borer beetle, which is having a significant impact on eucalyptus trees. Combating the pest, whose larvae kill the tree, took center stage at a City Council meeting, where officials said the city has little money to fight the insect, which finds a perfect home in the community's dense stands of eucalyptus.
July 7, 1999 | LESLIE EARNEST, Leslie Earnest covers retail businesses for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-7832 and at
The Pink Dot grocery delivery service will roll into Orange County on July 29, but without its signature polka-dotted, propeller-topped Volkswagen Beetle and its "wind-up" key. Market tests revealed that Orange County residents want their purchases delivered in "more low-profile" vehicles, spokeswoman Cinnia Finfer said. "Our focus groups showed that Orange County's target customer doesn't care for Pinkymobiles," Finfer said. "You've got to give what your customer wants."
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