National Geographic : 1959 May
Palm-leaf Hat Protects Manuel, the Net Boy, from Rain and Sun Camped in the delta near Belem and later in the Amazon Valley near Ma naus, members of the Zahl party ex plored deep jungle. Their machetes hacked a path through brush harboring peccaries, jaguars, bushmasters, and boas. Collecting trips yielded a galaxy of in sects, including giant spider wasps (page 654), harlequin beetles, alligator bugs, mantids, butterflies, and moths. Young Manuel, born in the Belem region, proved a nimble and resourceful guide. Bright belt of red and yellow seems to split an ebony erotylid beetle in half. Thick, rigid outer wings, functioning like armor plate, cover and protect the fragile wings used for flying. Beetle species number more than 270, 000; they form the largest single order in the animal kingdom.