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"There is a story, possibly apocryphal, of the distinguished British biologist, J. B. S. Haldane, who found himself in the company of a group of theologians. On being asked what one could conclude as to the nature of the Creator from a study of his creation, Haldane is said to have answered, 'An inordinate fondness for beetles.'"
G. E. Hutchinson, President, American Society of Naturalists, in a speech to the Society's annual meeting
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Characters who have a great curiosity and interest in beetles that they wanna hold it in their hand and love, love them do. Very common in anime, so let it be.

See also Bug Catching, Friend to Bugs.

Not to be confused with fans of the legendary British band.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Naruto: Members of the Aburame Clan not only has interest in beetles, they literally become homes for them, controlling the beetles in exchange for their own chakra.
  • One Piece: Luffy shows a keen interest in beetles in the Skypeia arc. In fact, he once becomes uncertain whether he'd rather have the One Piece or a pet stag beetle.
  • Region: Ryuuto, who is willing to risk bullying from his classmates and elementary school teacher over his refusal to let them kill the insect collection they're keeping as a class project. This leads to him sleeping with the insects in his bed to help them stay warm, much to his unsuspecting sister's chagrin.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya: In the 2009 anime of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, during the summer "Groundhog Day" Loop, Haruhi leads the group on beetle hunting (and she wins every time).
  • Free!: Momotarou Mikoshiba likes to catch stag beetles and even tries to give one as a present to Gou, who he has a crush on.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: JoJolion: Jobin Higashikata. He's a mature and sharp businessman, but can be distracted by exploiting his interest in hobbies such as gambling in fights with his large collection of beetles.
  • Flower Knight Dakini:
    • Eiden carries an encyclopedia about the giant beetles that roam the land and, when encountering the Great Silver Jaw, he even briefly forgets about running away to admire it.
    • After Dakini kills the Great Silver Jaw, Eiden sells the shell in a later chapter to an enthusiast wearing several accessories in the likeness of the beetles.

    Comic Books 
  • In Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, Amadeus Arkham inherited his unhealthy (for both him and the beetles) obsession with beetles from his mother, who ingested them because they symbolized rebirth (it bears mentioning that Arkham's entire family was insane).
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    Film 
  • In Goodnight Mommy, Elias keeps a vast number of captured cockroaches in a terrarium and plays with them throughout the film.

    Literature 
  • The Chroniclesof Narnia: One of the first things we find out about Eustace Scrubb is that he "liked animals, especially beetles, if they were dead and pinned on a card".
  • Blandings Castle: In Something Fresh, J. Preston Peters is fanatical about scarabs and has a large collection. When Lord Emsworth absent-mindedly takes one home, it becomes the MacGuffin for the rest of the story.

    Live-Action TV 
  • On CSI, Gil Grissom's specialism is forensic entomology, and enthusing about the particular species of bugs crawling all over the Corpse of the Week is one of his many Nightmare Fetishist traits.

    Professional Wrestling 

    Video Games 
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • Mushiking: This is central to the series, as all Mons in question are all realistic-looking beetles.
  • Super Mario RPG: Booster is a beetle enthusiast, and has his lackeys go out and collect them for him. Mario can also collect beetles for coins, and there's a purchasable mini-game called Beetle Mania.
  • Granblue Fantasy: Barawa has a passion for beetles, eagerly examining each and every one in the tropical jungle of Palapogos Island. It's later revealed that his rival, Chat Noir, shares an equally passionate love for beetles.
  • THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls: Jougasaki Rika is a middle-schooler heavily into the Gal subculture — nevertheless, her favorite things are beetles and stickers, which is meant to show her childish side, and that her preoccupation with sex appeal is because of her admiration of her sister.
  • Yo-Kai Watch: A few quests, such as "Which Beetle's Better" in Yo-kai Watch 2, involve Bug Catching for bug fans.
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    Webcomics 
  • Girl Genius: Dr. Tarsus Beetle chose a stylized beetle as his emblem, present all over his city, Beetleburg.
  • In The Water Phoenix King, Gilgam has quite a few beetles decorating his equipment. His pauldrons, the large pin which unfolds into a collar that connects them over his warmer-weather gear, the charge crystals for his gun, are all scarab-shaped, and his riding-beast is a robot that looks like a cross between an ant and a beetle of some sort. It makes sense...

    Western Animation 
  • Beetlejuice: In the animated series at least, beetles are the favorite treat of Beetlejuice's, probably a less nasty alternative to the blowfly and cockroach we see him eat in the movie.
  • Hey Arnold!: Nadine is a complete bug maniac and speaks of her love of beetles at least once.
  • The Other Mother in Coraline has a quite a fondness for beetle motifs. So much so she decorated entire rooms with Beetle furniture, Wallpaper and her favorite treats are cocoa beetles from zanzabar.

    Real Life 
  • Some of Charles Darwin's earliest interests were in beetles. Of course, it wasn't until he started looking at finches that he put his name down in history, but things might have been different if Darwin wasn't so interested in beetles. To give an example of how strong his obsession with beetles and beetle collecting was, once as a young man he was returning home after collecting beetles in the woods when he came across a bombardier beetle. Even though he was already out of room to carry it, he was determined to bring it home with him and attempted to carry it in his mouth. Naturally, this resulted in him discovering what being sprayed in the mouth by a bombardier beetle was like, and the resulting effects caused him to lose both the bombardier and all the other beetles he'd collected. He described the event with great enthusiasm in his diary.

Alternative Title(s): Beetle Mania

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