Category Archives: Fieldwork

The Bembidion acutifrons story

There are a number of subgroups within Bembidion subgenus Trepanedoris whose structure of gene flow and species boundaries are not understood.  The morphological data indicates several forms within these subgroups, but whether this variation is indicative of separate species is not yet … Continue reading

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The oak tree grows pretty close to where the acorns dropped

Here’s my mom, at age 82, collecting some of what will be the type series of a new species of Bembidion from Jasper National Park in Canada.  This was in 2011, during a great trip she and I made around … Continue reading

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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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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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The Group Photo

One of the required products of a weekend field trip is a group photo. On our Big Loop Trip this summer, we joined up with the Essig Museum group for one weekend in the southern Sierras, and had a very … Continue reading

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Lindrochthus at Mount Tamalpais

In an earlier post, I wrote about how the distinctive subgenus Lindrochthus, viewed in the literature as consisting of the single species Bembidion wickhami, was actually at least two species.  And those two species live together at Mount Tamalpais, just … Continue reading

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