Category Archives: Insecta

Insects – Collembola, Protura, Diplura, Archaeognatha, Thysanura & Pterygota (winged insects).

GBCT Beetle #6: Crossidius ater

It’s been a long time since my last update on the beetles that I collected during my Great Basin Collecting Trip last August. GBCT Beetle #6 is the longhorned beetle, Crossidius ater (family Cerambycidae). This species is easily distinguished from other species in … Continue reading

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Receiving a shipment of insects for identification…

…is like Christmas all over again! The sight of a newly delivered box sitting outside my office brings on a rush of excitement. The sight of an enormous box is even more exciting. I know what’s inside is gonna be good, … Continue reading

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Pop! goes the beetle

Last June while collecting beetles from cottonwood trees at Beaver Dunes State Park, Oklahoma, I came across one of my favorite beetles—Alaus oculatus, or eyed elater (family Elateridae, or click beetles). Large by click beetle standards, the most striking feature … Continue reading

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Beetles by Chuck

A few months before his passing last August, Chuck Bellamy asked me if I was would like to have his photographic slide collection. I was, of course, deeply honored by this request, for in addition to becoming one of the … Continue reading

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Review of North American Chalcophora

The latest issue of The Coleopterists Bulletin arrived in my mailbox recently, and among the several papers of interest to me is a review of the North American species of the jewel beetle genus Chalcophora¹ (family Buprestidae). This genus contains some … Continue reading

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Best of BitB 2013

Welcome to the 6th Annual “Best of BitB”, where I pick my favorite photographs from the past year. Like last year, 2013 was another year of heavy travel. For work I did my annual tour of soybean field sites throughout Argentina … Continue reading

Posted in Buprestidae, Cerambycidae, Chrysopidae, Cicindelidae, Coleoptera, Curculionidae, Hemiptera, Hymenoptera, Lepidoptera, Meloidae, Neuroptera, Noctuidae, Reduviidae, Siricidae | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Hairy milkweed beetle

Across the Great Plains of North America, sand dune fields dot the landscape along rivers flowing east out of the Rocky Mountains. Formed by repeated periods of drought and the action of prevailing south/southwest winds on alluvium exposed by uplifting … Continue reading

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A polypipin’ we will go!

A polypipin’ we will go, a polypipin’ we will go Heigh ho, the dairy-o, a polypipin’ we will go A polypipin’ we will go, a polypipin’ we will go We’ll catch a tiger beetle and put him in a vial And then we’ll let … Continue reading

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