Beetles. I’ve been amazed at these marvelous and interesting insects, that, though the biggest insect order, and for a tropical country, here in the Philippines, is often overlooked.
For the 7th edition of An Inordinate Fondness blog carnival, which salagubang.net is hosting, let’s focus on the beautiful and interesting species that I’ve found in several blogs.
Kurt of Malaysia has very interesting giraffe beetle (Cycnotrchelus sp.) images. I’ve only seen a few species here in the field but the macro photographer was even able to photograph a female building its nest!
Alex Wild a.k.a. Myrmecos had an encounter with the fiery searcher, Calosoma scrutator that, according to him, is a stinker.
In the same blog, he has another beautiful beetle shot, this time, its the Hollyhock weevil, Rhopalapion longirostre laying an egg on a flower bud.
Dave Stone presents us with a lycid, Lycus arizonensis which we learn to be diurnal pollen feeders found in Arizona and Mexico.
Lots of weevils in this post! Here’s another one by Adrian Thysse with his rose curculio with his interesting account of the beetle’s playing dead, a defensive mechanism.
Shh… there’s a couple having sex there. Steve Willson brings us an (almost) blow by blow account of tiger beetles mating. But more than that, he’s a keen observer of beetle behavior that is recounted in his post.
A European cockchafer (Melolontha melolontha) spreading its wings to fly. This photo is one of four at the blog.
A really beautiful jewel beetle, Ted MacRae tells us the story behind his photograph of Buprestis rufipes that a blog reader sent him.
Amber Coakley has a fascinating encounter with a Cicindela punctulata as she was trying out her new macro lens. Check out her post for more images of this beetle.
Hey, these might not be the cutest but this group, dung beetles, are one of the more fascinating. For Margarethe, they actually saved her life.
JSK posts about Buprestis lineata and how it is camouflaged in its surroundings.
And of course, to finish this post, is my own, “Alcidodes sp. in the wilds of Bohol” a short account of seeing a weevil from this genus.
Thanx to Ted MacRae for this opportunity as well as pointing me out to additional links for this blog carnival.
While waiting for the Tarsier Center to open at 9 AM in Corella, Bohol, me and my friend Eduard, who was in the country for a few weeks vacation, checked the surrounding vegetation for beetles. It was dismal, so to speak, and unusual, that on a sunny day, there wasn’t much beetle activity going on.
While walking, however, I came up to this plant where there were several Alcidodes sp. with yellowish spots feeding on the leaves. Some were just clinging on one side and when I came close, hid by going to the leaf’s underside. This kind of Alcidodes is one of three groups that Schultze categorized.
The area is a mix of secondary forest and clearings especially along the road. It is a known habitat of the tarsier (Tarsius syrichta), a primate common in this province. Other than this species, I was also able to collect two Metapocyrtus sp..
It’s 124 pages and includes 31 new species with new genera designations for a group of Parandrinae (Cerambycidae) found in Hawaii, Japan and the Oriental Region including the Philippines.
This is a landmark work for the group and I’m still digesting it. More detailed post on the Philippine Parandrinae, including one named after me, is in the works.
I was trekking in Batad, Banaue, Ifugao to visit the spectacular Batad Rice Terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage listed site, and I was hoping to collect a few beetles especially Pachyrrhynchini weevils.
Even if I didn’t have a net or collecting gear, it was kind of dismal with so few Coleoptera sighted along the way from Batad Junction to Batad town and then to Tappia Falls.
I was only able to collect a few species like two Metapocyrtus sp. (Curculionidae), several specimens of Engertia (Scarabaeidae), a few species of Melolonthinae (Scarabaeidae), collected at light during the night, and one, surprisingly beautiful Glenea species. There were no Pachyrhynchus collected but when I went down, I saw one species at one high branch which was just too far to reach.
I’m not really sure why there were so few. Perhaps this was due to the inclement weather during the time I was there considering that it was during the month of May. This area, by the way, is forested and is near Mt. Amuyao, the highest mountain in the place.
An Inordinate Fondness #3: Discovery Zone, the interesting beetle blog carnival is on at Fall to Climb, and includes my post, Pachyrhynchus congestus form and it’s Eupyrgops sp. mimic.
The said carnival is a monthly event that is a celebration of beetles—of their indescribable beauty, amazing forms, and astonishing diversity and this edition includes 13 blog entries from different parts of the world.
Check it out at Fall to Climb by clicking on the image at the left.