An Inordinate Fondness

The monthly blog carnival devoted to beetles.

Last call for AIF #5

Acmaeodera tubulus on flower of Monarda bradburiana

Only 24 hours left to submit your beetle-related post to Seabrooke Leckie at the Marvelous in Nature for inclusion in An Inordinate Fondness #5.  I am thrilled to have Seabrooke hosting this issue – as a member of the Nature Blog Network team and author of one of NBN’s most popular blogs, she is certain to bring an air of credibility to this newest of nature blog carnivals.  The submission deadline is midnight tonight, with the carnival scheduled to appear within the next three days.  One contribution would be great, two would be even better!  You can either use this handy blog carnival submission form or email Seabrooke directly, whichever if you prefer.

After submitting your post, why not consider volunteering to host a future editions of AIF.  Slots are open starting with the September issue.  If you’ve never hosted a blog carnival before, doing so is a great way to introduce readers to your site and generate a little traffic.  It is also a lot of fun.  Those of you that have hosted one before know that you have an expertise that would benefit this fledgling carnival greatly.  Send me an email if you’re interested and indicate the month of your choice.

Copyright © Ted C. MacRae 2010

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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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