Category Archives: Coleoptera

Bombo’s Big Question

On behalf of the Carabid-Q research Team* I am very pleased to present a book about a bombardier beetle for children that is beautifully illustrated by Ainsley Seago and chocked full of facts and fun. This beetle tale is suitable … Continue reading

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New Pterostichus for Hilary

In 2015 David Maddison blogged about a trip we took to meet Hilary Hacker in Northern California (A Love of Leptoferonia). It was so amazing to meet her after being an admirer of her field work and her publication on … Continue reading

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One less Pterostichus for Montana

Previous report of Pterostichus restrictus from Montana proved to be an identification error and all specimens are P. protractus. Continue reading

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Notonomus barrae, a new species named in honor of Cheryl Barr

I wrote about the Australian genus Notonomus and its curious pattern of mimicry here, one of the included species from South Australian wine country here and even a post on the preliminary phylogeny here. I am now please to announce that the … Continue reading

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Carabid beetle males and their twisted genital orientation

Some male carabid beetles stow their tackle pointing to the left, others point to the right. They’re just born that way. Jim Liebherr and I recently published a paper in Insect Systematics & Evolution about this. The abstract starts with… … Continue reading

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Survey Results

Thank you to everyone that filled out the little survey for Sarah’s class project. For this small project she was looking only at records for Pterostichus californicus and P. vicinus in the Bay Area. The conclusion for this small exploration are: 1. Specimens in … Continue reading

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Inspiring writing

  Text Extracted from G.E. Ball & R.E. Roughly 1982 The Hypherpes-like taxa of southern Mexico: classification, and evolutionary considerations (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Pterostichus). Transactions of the American Entomological Society. 108(3) 315-399.   Introduction The wealth of nations is generally assessed … Continue reading

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Short gap between being a scavenger or predator

I have been sampling once or twice a month this year on Wilcox Ranch, a Solano Land Trust property just a bit south of Dixon. Last night will be the final trip until the rains return in the fall or … Continue reading

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Student insect Art 2, beetles

Continuing from last time, here are a few more interesting art pieces from my students last semester. This time I have picked a set of beetle works. Rogue made a large sculpture of a dung beetle with its ball of … Continue reading

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The guts of the Golden Bear harpaline

Don’t get me wrong. DNA sequence data is fantastic for phylogenetic studies and all kinds of biological investigations. But I must say that looking at ACGT doesn’t give me much of a thrill. I’m a morphologist at heart, what trips … Continue reading

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