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Clerid beetle with a story

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Chariessa pilosa found on an oak sapling. I have wanted to see a member of this genus for some time, simply due to the fascinating origin of the name Chariessa. While writing the BugGuide account for this genus, I found the story of the martyr Chariessa on a web site for the Eastern Orthodox Church. It is such an interesting account that I cannot resist quoting it below:The Holy Martyrs Victoria, Leonid, Nika, Galina, Chariessa, Callis, Nunechia, Vasilissa and Theodora. These glorious saints were thrown into the sea, but it refused to receive them. They walked upon the sea as if it were dry land and sang praises to God: I have won one battle, O Lord, and the soldiers have persecuted me, O Lord, and I have not denied Thee, O Lord; save Thou my soul! The pagans were at first astounded to behold this, but they then tied stones around their necks and again threw them into the deep, where they were drowned. They all suffered with honor for Christ our King and Lord in the year 281.It seems oh so likely that the name evokes the resemblance of the antennae to the stones tied around the martyr's neck. To me, this is just the coolest insect name ever.

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