Monthly Archives: July 2013

Acanthoferonia and the Notonomus-series, the bottom line

Bottom line, Acanthoferonia, as cool as it is, must be treated as a subgenus. Here is a draft abstract of the paper I am writing up now. NOTHING WRITTEN HERE CAN BE CONSTRUED AS BEING PUBLISHED IN THE SENSE OF … Continue reading

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Australia: Fine Wine and Fine beetles (part 2)

More on the beetle: In part 1 of my search for Acanthoferonia ferox I wrote about the rarity of the beetles and the story that ties wine country habitat to the beetles. I think it is worth mentioning what makes … Continue reading

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An insect collecting trip to Mt. Diablo in 1935

In April of 1936 E.G. Linsley and R.L. Usinger of UC Berkeley (if you don’t know them check out the bio at the links) report on a day trip, collecting on the slopes of Mt. Diablo. Gort and Bob’s story … Continue reading

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Australia: Fine Wine and Fine beetles (part 1)

I think that Acanthoferona ferox is one of the coolest pterostichine beetles anywhere and that says a lot when there are around 4000 other species in the world to compete with. Partly it is my own peculiar taste in beetle … Continue reading

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Jim Liebherr visits the Beetle Bunker

Jim Liebherr stopped by Berkeley and visited the beetle bunker and had a quick look at my pile of Australian Mecyclothorax. Something weird and wonderful happening in Western Australian populations of the common M. punctipennis. It has to do with … Continue reading

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Bodies unearthed: Buried trap follow up

Some of you will recall my earlier post on baited, buried traps where I put out rotten liver and cheese baited traps underground in various places in California. I have taken them all in and sorted out the bodies over … Continue reading

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