It is time, once again, to appreciate our hard-shelled insect friends and revel in pure beetley goodness. Welcome to An Inordinate Fondness #15, your one stop shop for all things coleopteran! Items have been kindly provided by myriad suppliers from diverse regions, so there’s something here for everyone with a love for elytra. Step inside my little shop* and see what I have in stock for you this month! Some highlights:
Live Items Currently In Stock
Recently added to our inventory, straight from my supplier in the deserts of southern Arizona, these beautiful wedge shaped beetles (Ripiphorus vierecki) will make a stunning addition to any collection. These unique beetles are ready to lay their eggs in marigolds so their larvae can hitch rides on visiting bees. Yours compliments of Margarethe Brummermann at Arizona: Beetles Bugs Birds and More.
This Argentinian weevil beauty comes to my humble shop compliments of AIF founder Ted MacRae of Beetles in the Bush. This lovely weevil is Naupactus xanthographus, a denizen of the Buenos Aires area that is sometimes found munching happily on grapes and other fruits.
I wish to welcome a new supplier to the AIF family of beetle lovers, Rebecca in the Woods! Rebecca brings us the weevil Pachylobius picivorus, a lovely little beetle with an elegant snout, along with a long cherished weevil joke.
One of my personal contributions to the shop include various members of the predaceous diving beetles and water scavenger beetles. Come into the shop to check on current availability. Don’t know which one you want? Visit The Dragonfly Woman for information on how to tell the two families apart!
Don’t you just love oil beetles? We’ve got you covered! Our Canadian supplier, The Geek at Fall to Climb, brings us the first Meloe specimens of the spring season. Just look at those stunning c-shaped antennae on the male! This beetle would be a prized addition to any collection.
Another spectacular specimen from Argentina, the fiercely good-looking Diloboderus abderus is a captivating scarab. These beetles are turf pests and larvae will arrive lovingly gift wrapped in sod. Supplied by Ted MacRae of Beetles in the Bush.
Straight from the mountains of southern Arizona, I present a lovely little Hydrochus specimen. These iridescent little beetles are small, but don’t let that stop you from taking a second look! They’re absolutely beautiful up close. Read more at The Dragonfly Woman.
Live Items Coming Soon (Available for Backorder)
Coming soon from the wilds of snowy Alberta, I present Orsodacne atra, a confusing little beetle. Our gracious supplier, Home Bug Garden, discusses the mess surrounding this pretty little beetle’s name – and how easy it is to mistake it for the leaf beetles in an entirely different family!
From Missouri, I offer a true leaf beetle: the showy Cerotoma trifurcata, also known as the bean leaf beetle. This stunning red or yellow/tan beetle with black spots is yours compliments of Shelly Cox at MObugs, who describes them and their habits in detail on her blog.
Ted MacRae of Beetles in the Bush provides me with this stunning, giant of a beetle, the eastern Hercules beetle (Dynastes tityus). This is one of the largest beetles in the US, and a perfect addition to any beetle lover’s wish list.
The palo verde beetle is a common sight in the deserts of southern Arizona. This giant beetle flies drunkenly around the desert at night, and will make a feisty addition to your menagerie. But I love them anyway! Learn why at The Dragonfly Woman.
Non-Living Curiosities and Gifts
The fabulous Bug Girl provides me with a preview of the 2011 Volkswagen Beetle, the obvious vehicle of choice for any true beetle connoisseur. Visit her website to view the complete Super Bowl commercial for this fabulous new ride.
Other Interesting Tidbits From Potential Future Suppliers
The brilliant insect photographer Alex Wild at Myrmecos offers several spectacular beetle photos this month. Check out his sexy weevils, the first sap beetles of the spring, and a stunning pleasing fungus beetle from Ecuador. And just in case you missed it, be sure to look through his gallery of wallpaper images for your computer. Revel in beetle fabulousness every time you minimize your windows!
Kurt at Up Close with Nature discusses the gorgeous spiny giraffe beetle on his blog. Be sure to take a look.
And Allison at 6Legs2Many shows off a wasp mimicking long horned beetle. Amazing! A must see.
Recent Beetle News of Interest to Our Beetle Loving Customers
Love beetles? Then you’ll love these news stories:
Aquatic beetles invade Australia
Tiger beetle larvae that roll like wheels when disturbed
Movie about endangered tiger beetle in Nebraska is moving forward thanks to financial support of beetle lovers
Sacramento area property owners suing Fish and Wildlife Service to have endangered elderberry longhorn beetle delisted
I hope you enjoyed this edition of the An Inordinate Fondness blog carnival! The next edition will be hosted by Dave of Dave Hubble’s Ecology Spot. Send your submissions by e mail or use the submission form by May 15th.
Want to host a future AIF? There are slots open starting in July! Send Ted an email to get signed up.
* The items listed here are not actually for sale, just in case you were wondering. This is a blog carnival, a collection of blog entries about beetles. The “shop” is simply how I chose to present the collection of posts submitted by the bloggers featured in this post.
Text copyright © 2011 DragonflyWoman.wordpress.com. Images are owned by the bloggers who submitted posts to this edition of the An Inordinate Fondness blog carnival.
15 thoughts on “An Inordinate Fondness #15!”
Hi DFW – wonderful, very nice presentation! I love the “shop” idea. Thanks again for hosting.
I’m so glad you like it! I wasn’t sure it was going to work very well, but I decided I was going with it anyway. It was a lot of fun, so I’ll likely volunteer again in the future sometime. After I finish my dissertation…
Yes! The shop idea was very clever! well done :)
Thanks! It was a lot of fun to do – once I finally came up with the idea. At 10PM the night before I wanted to post it. That’s how it always seems to work! :)
I have been anxiously awaiting the Grand Opening of your shop. You did NOT disappoint. WELL worth the wait.
Glad you like it! I had a hard time coming up with a theme, so I’m glad it seems to be going over well.
Thank you so much for this! I haven’t been this thrilled by a blog for a LONG time! You’ve got it, whatever that means in blogging. Ha-ha. You’re definitely someone that has something to say that people need to hear. Keep up the great work. Keep on inspiring the people!
Glad you like it!
Great! Good that I can only spend virtual money! I like the addition of those news items at the end.
Thanks! I wasn’t sure whether to add it in or not, but I thought it would add a bit more meat to an issue that would otherwise have been a bit scrawny. Besides, I love the plague of dytiscids in Australia story and I couldn’t resist. :)
Great idea for a carnival!
I missed it. :( I’ve been a bit distracted, of late.
You said to send submissions to the next one to Dave, before April the 15th. But this post went up the 18th, according to the url. Did you mean May 15?
Agh! Thanks for pointing out the typo! I’ll fix it…
I totally understand about missing these things. I’ve missed the last few carnivals I’ve meant to submit to. I’ve even had posts ready to go! It’s so easy to forget.
Thanks! Now, I hope I remember this time!
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