Author Archives: Ted C. MacRae

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.

When hardcore botany meets hardcore nature photography—nature geekery at its finest!

Last Saturday, the Webster Groves Nature Study Society (WGNSS) Nature Photography Group was joined by several members of the WGNSS Botany Group and Missouri Native Plant Society to look for one of Missouri’s rarest plants—Geocarpon minimum, a.k.a. tinytim or earth-fruit … Continue reading

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2019 WGNSS Nature Photo Contest

Last night the Webster Groves Nature Study Society (WGNSS) held their 2019 Nature Photo Contest, and I was fortunate to have a 1st place winner in the ‘Plants and Fungi’ category! This photograph of grassleaved lady’s tresses orchid (Spiranthes vernalis) flowers was taken … Continue reading

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T.G.I.Flyday—Black horse fly (Tabanus atratus)

In my previous post, I talked about a day trip to a sand scrub remnant in the Lake Wales Ridge of central Florida to find and photograph the endemic Highlands tiger beetle (Cicindelidia highlandensis). Ironically, the dry sand scrub/pine woodland … Continue reading

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Revisiting the Highlands tiger beetle (Cicindelidia highlandensis)

In September 2016, I had the opportunity to attend the Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Orlando, Florida, which was being held in conjunction with the International Congress of Entomology. My first thought when I made plans … Continue reading

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Another look at North America’s most beautiful longhorned beetle

My love affair with the bumelia borer, Plinthocoelium suaveolens, has been well-chronicled on this blog. The combination of its large size, striking iridescent green elytra, brilliant coppery head and pronotum, and marvelously elongate antennae and legs – both black but the latter … Continue reading

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2018 Arizona Insect Collecting Trip “iReport”

Hot on the heels of the previous installment in this series, I present the sixth “Collecting Trip iReport”; this one covering a trip to Arizona during July/August 2018 with Art Evans and—like the previous installments in this series—illustrated exclusively with … Continue reading

Posted in Asclepiadaceae, Asilidae, Asteraceae, Aves, Buprestidae, Cactaceae, Cerambycidae, Chrysomelidae, Cicindelidae, Cleridae, Coleoptera, Coreidae, Cupressaceae, Diptera, Elateridae, Erebidae, Erotylidae, Fabaceae, Hemiptera, Hymenoptera, Lepidoptera, Lycidae, Mantidae, Meloidae, Noctuidae, Nyctaginaceae, Nymphalidae, Orthoptera, Papaveraceae, Reduviidae, Reptilia, Romaleidae, Rosaceae, Saturniidae, Scarabaeidae, Scorpiones, Sphecidae, Tachinidae, Tenebrionidae | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

2018 New Mexico/Texas Insect Collecting Trip “iReport”

This is the fifth in a series of Collecting Trip “iReports”—so named because I’ve illustrated them exclusively with iPhone photographs (see previous articles for 2013 Oklahoma, 2013 Great Basin, 2014 Great Plains, and 2015 Texas). Note that I continue to use … Continue reading

Posted in Arachnida, Araneae, Asteraceae, Aves, Buprestidae, Cactaceae, Cerambycidae, Cicadidae, Cicindelidae, Cleridae, Coleoptera, Coreidae, Curculionidae, Diapheromeridae, Diplopoda, Euphorbiaceae, Hemiptera, Hymenoptera, Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae, Orthoptera, Phasmida, Pompilidae, Reptilia, Sapotaceae, Scarabaeidae, Scorpiones, Solifugida, Tettigoniidae, Trogidae, Vertebrata | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments