An Inordinate Fondness

The monthly blog carnival devoted to beetles.

An Inordinate Fondess #6 and #7

An Inordinate Fondness #6I’ve been incredibly remiss!  AIF #6: “Beetle Surprise!” was posted at Insect Art while I was traveling in France, and in the post-travel crunch I simply neglected to update this page.  I’m sure most of you have seen it by now, but if you haven’t it is well worth a visit – 16 contributions in which hostess aquakej highlights the ways that beetles surprised their contributors.  My deepest appreciation to her for hosting this issue in such fine fashion.

An Inordinate Fondness #7An Inordinate Fondness #7: Beetles beautiful is up as well at Salagubang.  Issue host Estan Cabigas, a veteran beetle collector himself, focuses on the beauty of the beetles found in the issue’s 14 contributions.  My thanks also to Estan for hosting this issue, and while you’re there be sure to check out some of his many excellent beetle photographs.

Next month’s issue of AIF will be hosted by Mike Bok at Arthropoda.  Send your submissions directly to Mike or use this handy submission form.  Submissions are due September 15!  Perhaps you’d like to consider hosting an upcoming issue of AIF – hosting is fun, easy, and a great chance to expose your blog to a wider readership or find new blogs of interest.  All months from October on are open for hosting – if you’re interested, send me an email indicating the month of your choice.

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An Inordinate Fondness… for Beetles!

When asked by an English cleric what his studies of nature’s diversity had taught him about the Creator, 20th Century British geneticist and noted evolutionary biologist J.B.S. Haldane reportedly quipped, "He has an inordinate fondness for beetles." While there is some uncertainty whether Haldane ever actually spoke these words, no one can argue with their truth.

In fact, nearly half of all insects and one quarter of all described living species are beetles—350,000 and counting. They occur in virtually every habitat imaginable and exhibit innumerable, often brightly colored—even iridescent—and architecturally elaborate forms. Their impacts on humans are also many, not only as pests and beneficial organisms, but also as cultural symbols and objects of passionate scientific and philatelic interest.

An Inordinate Fondness is a celebration of beetles—of their indescribable beauty, amazing forms, and astonishing diversity. We hope you will join us in this celebration every month, as we highlight the best that the blogosphere has to offer on this fascinating group of animals.

The administrator for An Inordinate Fondness is Ted C. MacRae, author of Beetles In The Bush.

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