Author Archives: David Maddison

Return of the Taxa

Those who might follow my blog may have noticed a rather long lull in my posts.  For this I apologize, but life happens, and my attentions were elsewhere.  I hope to make up for that in the coming months.  In the meantime, … Continue reading

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A Love of Leptoferonia

For many years I had wondered who Hilary A. Hacker was.  In the carabidological literature she appeared on the scene in 1968 with the publication of one of the best revisions of a carabid group that had been done to date, and then … Continue reading

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Mesquite version 3.0 and Zephyr 1.0 released

Wayne and I have been working hard over the last few weeks to release Mesquite version 3.0, and today we released it! The main changes in this version of Mesquite are architectural, both in how the user interface is organized, … Continue reading

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42 years between golden buprestids

In the summer of 1972, I was doing what I did every summer around then, which was to spend a few glorious weeks at a cottage my family rented around Lake of Bays, in the Muskoka district of Ontario. At … Continue reading

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Map of unrecognized species in Bembidiina

Here’s an addendum to the post about Unrecognized species in Bembidiina.  The map below shows the known distribution of most (but not all) of the unrecognized taxa of Bembidiina in America north of Mexico.  Notably absent are some of the … Continue reading

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Unrecognized species of Bembidiina in the USA and Canada

I’ve been mentioning in this blog several unrecognized species which we have been finding in the fauna of Bembidiina in America north of México. By “unrecognized” I mean both undescribed species (those without a name), and species that have already … Continue reading

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The legacy of a taxonomist

I have recently been looking through the notes of Kenneth W. Cooper, a renaissance entomologist who wore many hats, one of which was as someone passionate about the same beetles I love, the genus Bembidion.  Kenneth and I began corresponding … Continue reading

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Sheep Creek in the Cascades of Oregon

Here’s a lovely creek in the Cascades of Oregon.   This part of Sheep Creek is at 795m elevation.  It has a rich bembidiine fauna living in the gravel patches along the shoreline.  In addition to two species of Lionepha … Continue reading

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