18 November 2010

An Inordinate Fondness #10

I'd like to thank Ted MacRae at Beetles in the Bush for letting me host this months issue of an Inordinate Fondness. His blog was one of the first that I began reading and it encouraged me to set up my own. I hope everyone enjoys this months collection of posts!

Tim brings us what has to be one of the coolest blog post that I have seen in some time. I don't want to spoil the surprise, so I am not going to tell you what he found. I will simply say that this post shows you that you can make some pretty cool discoveries if you are a detailed and careful observer.

Alison at 6LEGS2MANY gives us a great introduction to Scarabaeidae dung beetles. Her post has a bit of dung beetle lore as well as some nice photos from Welder Wildlife Refuge in South Texas.

Margarethe at Arizona: Beetles Bugs Birds has a great post focusing on the Mesquite Twig Girdler. This beetle (Oncideres rhodosticta) has been found in huge numbers for the last several years through out the southwest. Her post explains some of the reasons for these mass occurrences.

Morgan Jackson has outdone himself with his entomological Jack-O-Lantern creations. Apparently this is a lab activity and their amazing creations included Diptera, Hymenoptera and Coleoptera. My favorite is of course the scarab beetle picture above.

Morgan Jackson also brings us a great guest blog by Adam Brunke. Adam is a graduate student at the University of Guelph and is studying Staphylinidae (rove beetles). Adam is especially interested in introduced rove beetles and explains some of his current research interests and the importance of this huge family of beetles.

TGIQ at the blog Fall to Climb has posted some beautiful pictures of a leaf beetle this month. When you go to the blog make sure that you click on the individual pictures of the Calligrapha vicina. This will open the full size version and they are really amazing works of art.

Troy Bartlett at Nature Closeups managed to catch a shot of a fleeting myrmecophilous beetle. How you can get a well focused clear shot of one beetle among thousands of ants is beyond me. Thanks for sharing this great shot with all of us.

A great article discussing the American Burying Beetle has been posted at MObugs. It includes a description of the life history and current status of the beetle in the wild, and an account of the authors trip behind the scenes of the Saint Louis Zoo's insectarium were a captive population is being maintained.

I know that I love beetles but even if you didn't I think this beetle could make you stop and take notice. Thanks Kurt for sharing your shots of such an amazing creature with all of us.

Has moved to Arizona to pursue a PhD in entomology, and has posted some shots of Chrysina gloriosa and a Dynastes granti that were attracted to her light on her first night in Arizona. What a treat! Best of luck on your schooling!

To read about the small click beetle Lacon rorulenta check out this post. You will also find some nice shots of the red fir grove and the surrounding landscape where the beetle was found.

Delbert La Rue ponders the identity of a beetle in the genus Polyphylla. This group had a number of species lumped in the late 1980s under the name Polyphylla diffracta. He doesn't come to a final decision, but at least he has a literature list so you can explore it more fully if you wish.

What could be better than a blog by a group of people caring for a collection of over 9,000,000 beetles. This blog is supposed to be a collaborative effort with posts by various curators and researchers describing their research and cool beetle stories. If they stick to the plan it could be a great new beetle blog.

No AIF issue would be complete without a post that featured tiger beetles. For that we go to THE tiger beetle blog Beetles in the Bush.

Ted gives us a post with some great pictures of an amazing beetle. The beetle Cicindela pulchra is a mixture of metallic reds and blues that are truly awesome. Ted's article as always includes a lot more than just pretty pictures. He also includes descriptions and pictures of the habitat, and larvae burrows.

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  1. An excellent issue, Heath - thanks for hosting!

    p.s. nice new look for the blog.

  2. Thanks for this edition of AIF. Looks like some interesting reading ahead. By the way, the photo's look great on a black background!

  3. Heath, thank so much for the plug. I look forward to your continued posts and interesting topics.

    Best wishes,