Monthly Archives: January 2014

The power of chemical defense

Carabid beetles are well known for their stinky and sometimes explosive chemicals that they produce from glands housed in their abdomens. Sometimes I can’t resist playing a little game; a sort of “pull my finger” routine.  I make a beetle … Continue reading

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A question of the spotty record

I have spent an inordinate amount of time studying Loxandrine carabid beetles. This group has about 240 described species, all but a couple dozen from the Western Hemisphere. The bulk of the species diversity is in South America where we … Continue reading

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Modified buried traps for the new season

Despite the dire outlook that this will be the worst drought ever, I am motivated by last year’s success to put out more buried traps, in more places this year. Learning from last year, I have refined my methods. First … Continue reading

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