Young Maltese man discovers three rare beetles never seen before
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Report: Andrea Rossitto
Photos: James Borg
Many get the fright of their life as soon as they see an insect. Despite their small size, insects continue to breathe life into the landscape and are therefore worth appreciating. James Borg, 22, is fascinated by insects which he appreciates enormously.
From an early age, James was happy to walk through the Maltese countryside and feast his eyes on the surrounding valleys, gardens and fields. Beyond the university halls, James collects insects and in his spare time often find himself inside the laboratory in Tal-Qroqq.
In comments to tvm.com.mt James stated that for his course thesis, with the help entomology expert Professor David Mifsud, he put his mind to studying the beetle that lives inside the soil within the Maltese islands.
During his study, James said he found three beetles that had never been found on our shores before: Atheta nigra , Proteinus brachypterus and Xantholinus linearis >. These beetles have been taken beyond our shores for further analysis.
Asked if he just stumbled on these insects , James said that the process is pretty delicate and that the patience here is key.
Meanwhile, James told us that currently a number of researchers like him within the University of Malta were working hard to create a public database with the aim of inserting in it 8000 species of insects found in the Maltese islands.
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