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By Aaron Scott
Oregon Public Broadcasting 

Goldendale man's backyard bug is found to be a new species


October 25, 2017

Some people are afraid of bugs. And then there's Chris Marshall. He let a flesh-eating bot fly larvae grow in his arm as a graduate student.

"I was a celebrity for students at Cornell who watched it develop in my arm for six to eight weeks before it emerged," he said, showing off a tray of the large and somewhat gruesome black creatures. "Won't be doing that again."

Marshall curates and manages Oregon State University's arthropod collection, one of the largest collections of insects on the West Coast. Rows and rows of cabinets house some three million specimens from around the globe, ranging from drab moths to technicolor beetles, or what Marshall dubs "eye candy" or "Oh, my!" beetles for...

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