Tag Archives: entomologists

Introducing Acmaeodera chuckbellamyi

Of the many entomology journals I subscribe to, there are few that I await with as much anticipation as The Coleopterists Bulletin. Focusing exclusively on the largest order of life on earth, it’s a quarterly dose of elytral ecstasy that no beetle enthusiast should be without. I … 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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Virtual Mantle 2013

One of my favorite customs over the holidays is exchanging Christmas e-cards with my fellow entomologist/natural historian friends and colleagues. On the sending side, I’m especially fond of the “insect-with-Photoshopped-Santa-hat” variety (see 2011’s Santa Jaws and 2012’s Buprestis saintnicholasii), but I broke from the … Continue reading

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Dr. Charles L. “Chuck” Bellamy—Tribute to a friend

Early this week I lost a good friend. Actually, just about everybody who has ever studied jewel beetles in any serious way lost a good friend. Dr. Charles L. Bellamy, arguably the most ardent and prolific buprestophile of our time (possibly … Continue reading

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Mexico 1992—Gang of Ten

As a young collector attracted to woodboring beetles, my interests were split evenly between the families Buprestidae and Cerambycidae. In those early days, I actively sought the counsel of experts in both families, looking for help with identifications. Most were … Continue reading

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Virtual Mantle 2012

In recent years a truly delightful custom has developed among taxonomic entomologists—Photoshopped e-Christmas cards featuring their favorite insects! This should not be a surprising development—connectivity among scientists from around the world is at an all-time high, as is their access … Continue reading

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Mother and daughter (perhaps)

Back in May I visited the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Plant Pest Diagnostics Laboratory in Sacramento. While I was there to visit my friend and colleague Chuck Bellamy and see him receive Honorary Membership in The Coleopterists Society, … Continue reading

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The Pan-Pacific Entomologist 88(2)—Penrose Memorial issue

It is with great pleasure that I announce the publication of The Pan-Pacific Entomologist Penrose Memorial issue (volume 88, number 2), mailed 14 September 2012. Published by the Pacific Coast Entomological Society, this issue is dedicated to the memory of the late … Continue reading

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