An Inordinate Fondness

The monthly blog carnival devoted to beetles.

AIF #12 at Bug Girl’s Blog

This likely comes as news to nobody, as I’m a couple of weeks late in announcing this – AIF #12 is up at Bug Girl’s Blog. Posted on Martin Luther King’s birthday, Bug Girl thought maybe it was a stretch to use it as an excuse to celebrate the earth’s most diverse taxon – but I’ll buy it! EO Wilson shares quote honors with MLK as Bug Girl draws on a baker’s dozen of submissions for inspiration in rising to MLK’s call for painstaking excellence. It’s an issue well worth bookmarking.

The next issue of AIF will be hosted by Michael Barton at The Dispersal of Darwin!  Coming as it does in the month of February, the month of Darwin’s birth, Michael is planning a special Darwin issue.  Any beetle posts looking at history of science connected to beetles, naturalists who worked on beetles, etc. are encouraged.  I’ll be giving this one some thought myself as I post during the next two weeks.  Submit your best beetle post (or two!) from the past month directly to Michael, or use this handy submission form if you prefer (you can also leave a comment at his announcement post). February 15 is the deadline, and the issue will appear 2-3 days afterward.

Also, as always, we are looking for potential hosts for future issues of AIF.  Dave Hubble at Dave Hubble’s ecology spot has just volunteered for the May slot, but all subsequent slots are available.  If you’re interested, leave a comment or send me an email and let me know which month you wish 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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