An Inordinate Fondness

The monthly blog carnival devoted to beetles.

An Inordinate Fondness #5

An Inordinate Fondness #5 has just been posted at the Marvelous in Nature. With her usual creative flair, Seabrooke introduces us to us ten different species in eight different families with colors ranging from iridescent green tamarisk weevils and false blister beetles, to black and red milkweed leaf beetles and ladybird beetles, to strikingly patterned longhorned beetles, to brown yet anything but boring rain beetles. It’s a wonderful line up, and I hope you’ll visit each of the submissions (and remember to tip the waiter!).

AIF#6 will be hosted next month by Insect Art.  You can submit your posts directly or use the handy blog carnival submission form. Either way, make sure you get your posts in by July 15!  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 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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