National Geographic : 1963 Jun
Bone-tipped reed arrows, coated with poison, span two feet. Shafts fall away, leav ing the heads embedded. Pupa of the beetle Diam phidia simplex yields the powerful arrow poison. Bushmen find the insects encased in earth. Crushing a beetle pupa, a hunter rubs its juice be hind the arrowhead. One drop kills a man if it enters the bloodstream. For safety, tips are not treated. Headman Toma enlists the aid of his young sons in dry ing freshly poisoned arrows over a campfire.