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Nope, its not a queen ant but a tiger beetle of the genus Tricondyla

With all due respects, but today’s issue of the Manila Bulletin, 30 September 2012, instead of showing a photo of a new species of queen ant, it showed a photo of a tiger beetle of the genus Tricondyla. Check my page for this beautiful beetles.

Chalcosoma atlas LINNAEUS 1758 sighted at a Zamboanga City street

I was walking along a street in Zamboanga City and when I was about to enter the hotel premises which was near the airport, I saw this beautiful and large Chalcosoma atlas LINNAEUS 1758 frantically trying to get up as it fell and was lying on the ground. Helpless. I reached for it then transferred to this wooden post.

No, it wasn’t killed for my collection but left it there.

In the latest edition of the Les Cahiers Magellanes, my entomologist friend, Eduard Vives’s latest article on new and notable species of Philippine Cerambycidae has just been published. Interestingly, it includes one from my collection which I sent to him for study.

Pseudodoliops ilocanus VIVES 2011 was collected in northern Ilocos during a collection trip I made in June 2005. It is one of the very few in the genus and, I think, there are still many to be discovered in the future.

The tiger beetle species named after me

Finally, the paper, Studies of tiger beetles. CLXXXIX. A new Calomera species from Mindanao, Philippines, describing a new species which the author, Fabio Cassola, told me is a new species and he will name it in honor of me is finally out. After a couple of years. I’m elated and thankful to the author, of course. Much has been going on with Fabio waiting for a colleague to respond to his emails re the description to no avail.

Calomera cabigasi CASSOLA 2011 brings to five species under the genus Calomera to occur in the Philippines with three all found in Mindanao, including this new species. According to the author, it is similar to C. decemguttata from Sulawesi but smaller and with darker elytra, among other unique characters.

A copy of the paper can be downloaded here.

Just some of my Carabid specimens in my collection

Up until now, my Carabidae specimens in my collection, all collected in the Philippines, are still unidentified. I really don’t have the resources, or necessary references for these. I’m not also sure about the tribes and genera. It’s just so diverse. With the lack of references, it really is quite difficult.

Can someone help?

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