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Restless, 2011

Enoch: Who's this guy?
Annabel: Nicrophorus americanus, the American burying beetle.
Enoch: I like his little mustache.
Annabel: Yeah, He's pretty amazing.
Enoch: What makes him so amazing?
Annabel: Well, they can smell carrion from miles away, which is what death smells like. So, basically, a male and female will show up at the body, and kind of get to know each other. Then they work together to bury the carcass. And then they mate. And then she lays her eggs on it. But they aren't like other species, like bug species, that just run away afterwards. They make a little chamber nearby, underground. And then, when the babies hatch, the parents go chew up the corpse and feed it to them. Isn't that amazing? They actually take care of their kids.

"I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can’t stop them. They leave me and I love them more."

- Maurice Sendak (1928 - 2012)


 The Loan by Michaël Borremans