An Inordinate Fondness

The monthly blog carnival devoted to beetles.

Do You Have “An Inordinate Fondness”?

Welcome to An Inordinate Fondness (AIF)—the home site for a new monthly blog carnival devoted exclusively to beetles.   I’ve been hard at work building the site and getting it ready for its debut in February.  Things are progressing, but one thing I still need to create is a badge—if you have any artistic inclination, ideas or suggestions, please leave a comment or send me an email.  The inaugural issue will appear right here on February 18, 2010.  Afterwards, AIF will be travel to a different host blogger each month.  Look for an official announcement on Nature Blog Network once site construction has been complete and we are open for business!

Agelia petelii (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), Republic of South Africa.

Submissions will be due by the 15th of each month, and the carnival will be posted within 3 days—i.e., on or before the 18th of each month.  If you would like to ensure your spot in the inaugural issue of AIF, send your submissions to me via email, or use this handy submission form.   I am also looking for hosts for upcoming issues—if you are interested in hosting AIF, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email.

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  1. This looks great, Ted! And fun – I would love to host. March 2010 still available?

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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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