An Inordinate Fondness

The monthly blog carnival devoted to beetles.

AIF Badges

A selection of badges is now available for An Inordinate Fondness.  You can help promote AIF by adding one of the badges to your sidebar and linking it directly to this site. Choose from several text-only and graphically-enhanced badges—each available in several ready-to-use sizes or as originals for customization to whatever size you choose (all of the examples below are shown at a width of 200 pixels).

Text-only badges
Text-only badges are perfect for those with limited space or who prefer a clean, uncluttered look. Available in 1-line and 2-line versions. The look of these badges was inspired by the website An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles (supporting the book of the same name, by Arthur V. Evans and Charles L. Bellamy), which utilizes Papyrus font with color and shadow effects.  The 1-line badge should fit even the smallest of spaces, while the 2-line badge is both elegant and efficient.

An Inordinate Fondness
Original | 200 x 40 | 150 x 33 | 100 x 20

An Inordinate Fondness
Original | 200 x 93 | 150 x 70 | 100 x 47

Enhanced badges
Two image-enhanced badges are also offered for those with greater space availability or who prefer a more designed look. The first of these was graciously provided by Seabrooke Leckie, author of the Marvelous in Nature, who utilzed images of beetles that have appeared on our respective websites. The second badge was made possible by the graciousness of Robert Perger, author of Coleop-Terra, who granted me permission to use a selection of the many extraordinary beetle images that can be found at his website. Both of these badges, I think, capture the essence of AIF in alluding to the link between beetles and their overwhelming diversity.

An Inordinate Fondness
Original | 200 x 214 | 150 x 161 | 100 x 107

An Inordinate Fondness
Original | 200 x 151 | 150 x 131 | 100 x 75

Instructions for use:

  1. Choose the badge design and size that you want. Each badge is offered in ready-to-use widths of 100, 150, and 200 pixels—or choose the original if you want to create a custom size.
  2. Right-click on the hyperlink and choose “Copy Shortcut” to copy the image URL into your clipboard.
  3. Add a new text or image widget to your blog sidebar (or open an existing one to edit).
  4. Paste the image URL into the widget.
  5. Link the image to this page—An Inordinate Fondness.
  6. If you chose the original for creating a custom size, add:
    _____width=”x” height=”y”
    after the image URL, where x and y are the desired width and height, respectively (in pixels), of the image.
  7. Save your widget and left-click on the badge in your blog sidebar to confirm proper link!

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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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