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Re: Oaxacan "bugs"

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Teri Sanford (terily)
Fri, 22 Jan 1999 15:31:51 -0600


As for the critters, they are called "powder bugs" and they can destroy these unique
art items. They can lie dormant for many years, then just suddenly appear. I have
one that kept mysteriously having one of its wings fall off, and there was always
this white powder on the black shelf. Only when I was in Chicago at a museum store
(where I bought that book, Oaxacan Wood Carvings) did a worker there tell me of
these critters. Supposedly Nelson Rockefeller had a great collection ruined by
them, because he had them in storage and did not see the powder falling out of
them. Anyway, I put it in the freezer for about a month and haven't had a problem
since. Froze the buggers out!

teri