An Inordinate Fondness

The monthly blog carnival devoted to beetles.

An Inordinate Fondness #3: Discovery Zone

Lechriops oculata (Curculionidae)

The Geek in Question at Fall to Climb loves beetles because they are “OMGSHINY”, and for this month’s issue of AIF she introduces us to loads of OMGSHINY goodness in AIF #3: Discovery Zone! Her own discovery of a spider, er… bug, er… beetle, ah… spider beetle is followed by thirteen additional stories of discovery where beetles play a prominent role. “Discover” for yourself how fascinating the world of beetles can be at AIF #3 (and don’t forget to tip the waitress).

AIF#4 will be hosted next month by the Jason Hogle at Xenogere.  Jason has made quite a name for himself in recent months as one of blogging’s most creative of carnival hosts, so don’t miss this opportunity to have your coleopterous contribution included in what is sure to be a cleverly-written issue!  Submissions are due May 15 – you can either contact Jason directly or use this handy blog carnival submission form.  As always, we are looking for volunteers to host future editions of AIF – if you’re interested, check the upcoming issues list in the sidebar to see what months are available and send me an email indicating the month of your choice.

Copyright © Ted C. MacRae

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  1. jason says:

    Thanks for the kind remarks, Ted. I’ve kept a few tricks up my sleeve just for AIF because I want to make you proud. I can’t wait to host!

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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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