An Inordinate Fondness

The monthly blog carnival devoted to beetles.

AIF #15 and #16

Two issues of AIF have been produced since the last update here, and I’ve been remiss in not announcing them in a timely fashion.  AIF #15 was graciously hosted last month by The Dragonfly Woman, while AIF #16 was issued a few days ago at Dave Hubble’s Ecology Spot.  For each of these hosts, their respective issues of AIF represented their first attempt at hosting a blog carnival, and both did a great job!  I hope you’ll visit each one to see all the beetley goodness that they’ve assembled from the past two months and give them some positive feedback for their efforts.

Stay tuned for an announcement in the near future regarding the future of AIF.

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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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