An Inordinate Fondness

The monthly blog carnival devoted to beetles.

The Time is Nigh

Sumlinia hirsutifrons. Copyright © T. L. Erwin and D. L. Pearson 2008.

Only two days left to get your beetle-related submission to Jason at Xenogere for An Inordinate Fondness #4. Jason has shown himself to be quite a creative blog carnival host, working his creative magic in recent months on Circus of the Spineless, The Moth and MeHouse of Herps, Festival of the Trees, and I and the Bird.  I really can’t wait to see what he comes up with for AIF.  The submission deadline is May 15 (this Saturday), with the carnival appearing a few days later.  Send your contributions (one is great, two is even better!) to Jason today.  Use this handy blog carnival submission form, or contact Jason directly if you prefer.

Again, we are looking for volunteers to host future editions of AIF starting with the July edition.  Blog carnival hosting is a great way to introduce readers to your site and generate a little traffic.  It is also a lot of fun.  If you’ve never hosted before, why not give it a try?  If you have, why not share your expertise with this fledgling blog carnival?  Send me an email if you’re interested and indicate the month of your choice.

Copyright © Ted C. MacRae 2010

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  1. So far I’ve managed a Lady Beetle and a Cucumber Beetle. I’m going to hold out for something…different…in hopes I’ll have a better offering. So far, I’ve been lousy at finding beetles to submit for AIF, but I’ll keep trying!

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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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