Plans set for reintroducing colorful beetle to Missouri

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 | 8:52 a.m. CDT; updated 9:33 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 24, 2012

ST. LOUIS — A colorful beetle last seen in Missouri in the 1970s is about to be reintroduced.

The St. Louis Zoo, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and conservationists scheduled a news conference Tuesday to announce plans to reintroduce up to 600 American burying beetles in southwest Missouri. The reintroduction is set for June.

American burying beetles have been declared endangered. They're being bred by the St. Louis Zoo at its Center for American Burying Beetle Conservation.


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