Monthly Archives: December 2013

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

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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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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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Felizard Navidad 2013!

To the readership of Beetles in the Bush: Merry Christmas—may 2014 be filled with good health and fascinating natural history! Copyright © Ted C. MacRae 2013

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How to be an “iPhone nature photographer”

My passion for insect macro-photography is well known, so it may come as a surprise to learn that I have, during the past year or so, also become an avid “iPhone photographer”—i.e., I actually use my iPhone for “real” photography … 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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Skulls on my desk

Even though I am a scientist working in an organization with hundreds of other scientists, I can lay claim to one true uniquity—I am the only one I know of that has a skull on their desk! Six, actually. They’re … Continue reading

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