Beetlemania

Just a stone’s throw from the scene immortalized on the cover, keepers at ZSL London Zoo have Come Together to pay tribute to The Beatles’ most famous album, Abbey Road, with their own fab four. 

Beetles at ZSL London Zoo recreate iconic Abbey Road album cover on 50th anniversary

The Zoo’s quartet of magnificent flower beetles (Mecynorhina polyphemus) - nicknamed Ringo, George, John and Paul by keepers - scuttled across a recreation of the well-known zebra crossing to mark the 50th anniversary of the musical landmark (Thursday 26 September).

“We wanted to join in the celebrations and since we have a few resident beetles - as well as a few of our own Beatles stories - we thought this was the perfect opportunity,” explained ZSL keeper Craig Walker. 

“We printed the scene onto foamboard and made a diorama so our giant flower beetles could walk in the footsteps of their namesakes.

“In the early sixties, producer George Martin really wanted The Beatles to pose outside what was then ZSL London Zoo’s Insect House for the cover of their debut studio album Please, Please Me: but since no one had heard of them at the time, the request was denied.

“Luckily The Beatles Let it Be and subsequently visited the Zoo quite often to eat in the cafeteria: we’re just a few minutes’ walk from the Abbey Road studios and they apparently enjoyed being incognito here.” 

The Abbey Road recreation will remain on display in the Zoo’s magnificent flower beetle exhibit until Thursday 4 October for fans who’d like to find out more about the six-legged foursome. 

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