An Inordinate Fondness #8 – Meet the Beetles

An Inordinate Fondness #8 is now up at Arthropoda, and I must say it is one of the most impressive issues to date. Mike Bok has given us yet another delightful version drawing on the obvious parallels between the “beetles” (taxon) and the “Beatles” (musical group). This has been done before, but whereas Amber made delightful soundtracks for each submission in AIF #2, Mike has come up with some of the most impressively amusing “Beetle” album covers one can imagine. “Abbey Road” (above) may be my favorite, but “The (Tiger) Beatles” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band ” also must be seen to be believed.

Oh, and by the way, the issue contains links and introductions to a full plate of 20 coleopterous compositions to satisfy your cravings for all things elytral – including five contributions just on tiger beetles alone (hmm, now how did that happen?). Please visit, read, click, and comment – it’s one of the best issues ever.

The problem with an issue this good is that it makes for a hard act to follow, and the October edition of AIF still needs a host.  Hosting is fun and easy, and you’ll get plenty of help if you need it.  Please visit the AIF website if you’re interested in hosting an upcoming issue (your choice of months).  If you can’t commit to hosting but would still like to contribute, use this handy automatic submission form, or contact me directly.

Copyright © Ted C. MacRae 2010

About Ted C. MacRae

Ted C. MacRae is a research entomologist by vocation and beetle taxonomist by avocation. Areas of expertise in the latter include worldwide jewel beetles (Buprestidae) and North American longhorned beetles (Cerambycidae). More recent work has focused on North American tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) and their distribution, ecology, and conservation.
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2 Responses to An Inordinate Fondness #8 – Meet the Beetles

  1. Wait! Is that Beetle barefoot? Love this photo!

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