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In which the forecast has me anticipatory, my aesthetics are finally on sale, and I’m about to barricade my office door.

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Now I get to go back to work and let the internet perform its magic. I will come back to mentions full of beetle secretion and honestly, it serves me right.

BUT I’M CURIOUS. I GOTTA KNOW.

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Also, shout out to R.O., who found a Sci-Hub paper detailing “reflex bleeding” and “trapping disgorged fluid.” sci-hub.se/10.1007/bf01989424

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Hats off to Taldragon, who found some scientific journals. I was hoping for a video like Mr Rogers explaining how crayons are made.

…looks like there are other papers too. You guys are amazing.

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Ah, and someone has found a paper on it that seems to point to crush-and-extract being the most efficient method, despite there being variable levels of cantharidin in many beetles, fluctuating in individuals over a lifetime.

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…I am also told the beetle just leaves it lying in trees and people can just pick it? Just harvest it?

JUST PICK THE COPULATORY GIFT OFF THE TREES, THAT’S RIGHT.

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There’s a patent for a crush and extract method listed, but I’d really like to know more: patents.google.com/patent/CN10

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Anyway, if any scientists, beetle scientists, or dermatologists know, I’d love to hear exactly how the cantharidin is extracted. I can’t find the details anywhere.

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(You seriously cannot give me the words “copulatory gift” and expect me not to have questions. It’s just impossible.)

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(I AM TRYING SO HARD *NOT* TO MAKE A BEETLE PORN JOKE HERE, YOU GUYS. IT IS SO DIFFICULT.)

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(So like, do you have to…excite the beetle, before it produces the burning stuff? And if you do, how is that done before one, uh, gets the “copulatory gift” for use in medicine and industry?)

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(All this started because when I looked “cantharidin” up Wikipedia informed me that the stuff is a “copulatory gift” from the male beetle to the female, and…well, you can’t just TELL me that, you know?)

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Is it different for different uses? Is the cantharidin extracted by crushing for industrial uses and beetle-milking for dermatological ones?

My Google-fu has sadly betrayed me in this one instance.

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I’m trying to figure out if the crush-and-extract is better than the prospect of, say, hand-milking them, or scraping off the inside of their little beetle habitats after the beetles have been…excited enough to secrete.

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I’m talking about cantharidin as a topical vesicant used in dermatology, naturally.

I just need to know how it’s extracted.

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All right, internet. I have a (somewhat burning) question.

How exactly do they get cantharidin from the beetles? Do they grind up the dead beetles and extract it in a solution, or do they get the excretions from live ones?

Life’s too short, love yourself and increase the font size, let your eyes take a break

I’m just a girl, staring at her phone, wondering if the super-emergency security update will also fix the Bluetooth issues.

…probably not.

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