National Geographic : 1945 Jun
His wings are his padlock THE BARK BEETLE (Pityogenes hopkinsi) is a brown and black midget less than one twelfth of an inch long. But for his size, he is amazingly strong. His jaws are so powerful that he can eat the bark and wood of the white pine where he spends his life. And, to make his home, he tunnels right through the bark and hollows out a tiny chamber in the wood beneath. From here the female bee tles make egg galleries and raise their families. But perhaps the most interesting thing about this little beetle is the way the male zealously protects his young. After his home is built, he "locks" the door. Firmly wedging the back ends of his wings into the entrance of the tunnel, he maintains his posi tion so tenaciously, that it is almost impossible for any enemy to dislodge him and push past. As long as he is on hand to guard them, the bark beetle's young are safe from most dangers. But if something should happen to him before they have grown enough to take care of them selves, he leaves them unprotected. Now, obviously, man is in somewhat the same position when it comes to protecting his family. He can guard his children from most dangers by means of the income he earns to support them. But this protection is effective only as long as he is on hand to supply the income. But man can also take steps to provide a kind of protection for his family on which he knows they will be able to rely, regardless of what hap pens to him. He invests in accident and life in surance. This is the best, and usually the only way, he can make certain that his children will have ade quate financial safety, whether or not he is on hand to earn for them. It is not only important that he carry accident and life insurance, but also that he get sound advice on how much and what kinds he can reasonably afford to carry on his particular budget. Travelers representatives are well quali fied to give that advice. MORAL: Insure in the Travelers. All forms of insurance and surety bonds. The Travelers In surance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insurance Com pany, Hartford, Connecticut.