An Inordinate Fondness

The monthly blog carnival devoted to beetles.

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Cicindela formosa formosa

Cicindela formosa (Big Sand Tiger Beetle) in Nebraska

Only 5 days left to get your submissions in for An Inordinate Fondness #2.  Amber at Birder’s Lounge will be hosting the March 2010 edition, which is scheduled to appear on or before March 18.  If you’ve written about beetles from any perspective, I hope you’ll consider sharing a link for inclusion in this month’s carnival.  The deadline for submissions is March 15, so send your contribution(s) to Amber today – you can use this handy submission form or contact Amber directly.

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  1. TGIQ says:

    Mine are in!
    And may I say, that photograph is FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC, Ted!

    • Thanks, geek – that guy was actually mad at me. I had him confined in a terrarium trying to get photos, and he kept running against the side. I poked and prodded him towards the center for a good shot, and he finally just looked at me with those jaws half-cocked – score!

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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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