An Inordinate Fondness

The monthly blog carnival devoted to beetles.

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Cicindela pulchra - the ''beautiful'' tiger beetle

That’s right – we’ve been hard at work lining up hosts for AIF during the next few months, and boy do we have some heavy hitters lined up. After a quick trip home to papa during October, the carnival begins a whirlwind tour of some great natural history blogs. First up in November is Heath Blackmon at Coleopterists Corner – could there be a more appropriate carnival for Heath’s first hosting gig?  Then in December, virtual Renaissance Man Adrian Thysse will donate his wide-ranging talents at The Bug Whisperer.  The New Year sees the carnival move to the blogosphere’s original bug blog, Bug Girl’s Blog – you can bet that will be a super issue.  It only gets better though, as Michael Barton at The Dispersal of Darwin has promised a special Darwin edition in February (birth month of my personal all-time favorite coleopterist!).  Then in March Wanderin’ Weeta with her unique Lower Fraser Valley perspective is sure to entertain.

My thanks to these capable hosts for volunteering their talents, I know I can’t wait to see the results of their efforts.  You can help them by submitting your beetle-related posts by the 15th of each month.  Any aspect of coleopterology is welcome – natural history, taxonomy, photography, sketch or paint artwork, or just seeing one that gets a mention on your blog.  And even though April 2011 is still many months away, volunteers to host future editions of AIF are always welcome and appreciated.  Again, the next issue will be hosted at Beetles In The Bush – send your submission to me by email or this handy submission form by October 15, and look for the issue to appear a few days later.

Copyright © Ted C. MacRae 2010


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3 Responses - Comments are closed.

  1. bug_girl says:

    “you can bet that will be a super issue”

    Ayyyyy! No pressure!! ;p

  2. Sounds like we’re in for a treat! I may even have submissions for each of these.

  3. TGIQ says:

    Ohhhh, these are going to be GOOD!

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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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