Tag Archives: entomology

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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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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Following T.G. Sloane

Thomas G. Sloane is probably my favorite dead Australian.  Well it’s a tough call between him and Bon Scott, but TGS was an entomologist extraordinaire, so the call goes with him. Thomas Sloane described about 600 species of carabids. No … Continue reading

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Amara, out to lunch

An Amara sp. clings to the grass to feed Often people lump all carabid beetles in to the “generalist predator” bin, but there are many, many exceptions. Here is an image of an Amara sp. (I haven’t gotten around to … Continue reading

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Pterostichus at Portola

I recently was out sampling at Portola Redwoods State Park and my old friend Pterostichus lama was the main target of interest. Pterostichus lama is the largest New World pterostichine and in North America, the only comparably large carabids are species of Pasimachus. Although large and … Continue reading

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Mysterious Mimicry at Lambs Head

Pterostichines are some of the world’s most awesome carabid beetles (see more about them at ToLWeb), but nowhere are they cooler than in Australia. Recently I have been working on the big genus Notonomus and it’s less-diverse near relative (probably … Continue reading

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