An Inordinate Fondness

The monthly blog carnival devoted to beetles.

Submission deadline is near

Cicindela obsoleta vulturina (prairie tiger beetle)

The January issue of AIF is getting some big-league support from Bug Girl, who will host the January issue. She has lots of followers, and you know you’d love to give each and every one of them a chance to see your blog – submit your best beetle post (or more) from the past month directly to her, or use this handy submission form if you prefer. January 15 is the deadline, and the issue will appear 2-3 days afterward.

Thanks also to Dragonfly Woman, who has volunteered to test the blog carnival hosting waters with the April issue of AIF.  I hope you’ll help to make her first carnival hosting attempt a pleasant experience by giving her lots of good beetle posts to work with. Maybe you would like host an issue of AIF yourself – if you haven’t hosted a blog carnival before, you should know that it’s not only fun, but also a lot easier than you might think! It’s also great exposure for your blog to people who may not see it otherwise. Slots are available beginning in May – 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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