Every dollar helps, and if you are able to spare a dollar or two, please donate. I will send you an email thank you for contributing to what could very well be the first crowd-funded insect genome project in the world! If you donate at least $5, I will create a unique blue beetle related word search game for you. Like those who analyze genomes, you can enjoy the challenge of looking for meaningful words among a mix of apparently jumbled characters. We call this sequence gazing. If you get stumped, shoot me an email and I will also send you your answer key.
JPG image files of the blue beetle (both Full Color and Color Splash versions) with the original description of the species made by John LeConte in 1851 as a separate file (written in latin). Image resolution is suitable for printing at 8x10 inches. It will be up to you and your imagination to use these files to create artwork of your own.
You will get the same photo files that $10 donors get, PLUS additional photographic examples demonstrating Charles Tripplehorn’s discovery of how to tell males from females … without flipping them over!
You don't have to be on vacation to be generous and share how you feel about friends and family with these 5 fun postcards! Let them know you are dying to see them again, even if you just saw them. You won't find these unique gifts anywhere else.
That's right! Bugs In Cyberspace has made this amazing offer to help out the Blue Beetle Genome Project. If you contribute $50 or more to this campaign, you can get your very own live pet beetles from the same source I do, but at a major discount over the general public. Your discount code will be e-mailed to you for your next purchase of blue death feigning beetles. BugsInCyberspace.com ships merchandise to locations within the United States ONLY, excluding Hawaii.
All of the above, and you will get an awesome bug mug showing the blue beetle in the legs up position on one side without caffeine and the legs down position with caffeine! This will start conversations, so be sure to tell folks about the blue beetle genome project! Mug may vary slightly from the one pictured and the specific vendor will be chosen based on your location.
In addition to photographs of the insect, biology lesson, secret message search, and a conversation-starting bug mug, you will be acknowledged by name in any public presentations and publications arising from this work. I will also sculpt for you, a clay representation of the beetle. Shown is an unpainted work in progress. I promise to continue honing my skills as the project continues. Clay beetle is expected to be 4-6 cm in length when finished. Limited quantities will be available.
Same rewards as the above two tiers PLUS… I will personally search the genome data for your name, or any text string of interest to you using BLAST to see if that message is secretly encoded within this beetle's DNA. You will get a report detailing the results.