Monthly Archives: September 2013

Rainy-season beetles

The rains have returned to the Pacific Northwest.  During the last few days a rain-drop symphony has been playing in my house in the woods, and the douglas fir and oaks are weeping in thanks for fall’s arrival after a … Continue reading

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My favorite beetle illustration

Today I was reminded of my favorite illustration of a carabid beetle.  Here it is.  Drawn by my daughter, Julia, 21 years ago, when she was 4. Given the prominence of the area around the discal setae of the elytra, … Continue reading

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BotW: Cnemalobus

Cnemalobus is a genus of large carabids from southern South America.   Here’s one from Chile: One of the cool things about Cnemalobus is that they make noises (they stridulate) as the run:

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Who should be listed on collecting labels?

One of the questions that all collectors face is “what should I put on the label?”  From a time in which the only label on a specimen might be a gold dot, or simply “Canada”, we are now at a … Continue reading

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Another surprise in Lionepha

Two days ago I had a post about an unexpected species of Lionepha in the Sierras, of which I became aware when I looked at a specimen that my graduate student John Sproul caught on the South Fork of Bishop … Continue reading

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A surprise in Lionepha

In the late spring I was in the final stages of a manuscript about the genus Lionepha.  This paper will describe the new species I have mentioned earlier, describe the male of Lionepha chintimini for the first time, document DNA … Continue reading

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BotW: Sphaeroderus

At last, a beetle of the week!  However, it’s been so long since the last one that I should probably rename the feature to be “beetle of the season”, or “beetle of whenever”. Here’s a beautiful Sphaeroderus from North Carolina. … Continue reading

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And then there were five…

Earlier this week I spent three lovely days in the Bay Area with Dave Kavanaugh, and on Monday we went to collecting on the slopes of Mount Tamalpais.  There, along Cataract Creek, we found a series of small “Bembidion curtulatum” … Continue reading

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Time is the coin of your life

In my wallet I have a fortune from a fortune cookie which I opened long ago (I don’t remember where or when).  It says: Time is the coin of your life.  It is the only coin you have and only … Continue reading

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Bountiful Bembidion

Bembidion can be quite abundant on the shores of bodies of water, such as along the Willamette River near Corvallis, Oregon: Below are two videos showing me turning over some rocks on shore shown above.  There are four species that … Continue reading

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