Monthly Archives: February 2012

How does recreation affect the Ohlone tiger beetle’s behavior? Mate guarding!

In a previous post on recreation and the Ohlone tiger beetle, I talked about how hikers and bikers are important in creating open, bare ground habitat for the beetles to hunt and find mates. While this is very true, I … Continue reading

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Ohlone tiger beetle: top predator!

Carnage! That is what I saw today in the field. Tiger beetles are top predators in the insect community, making them very important. Tiger beetles have been called “indicator species“, meaning they can indicate the health of an ecosystem. In … Continue reading

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Dung Beetles!

How dung beetles find their way away from the dung patch and thieving rivals.

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Originally posted on Beetles In The Bush:
Sorry about the noisy video – it was shot in one of our walk-in growth chambers with fans going full-bore! Anyway, the video shows a couple of mating pairs of Cylindera celeripes (swift…

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Monarchs!

Who doesn’t marvel at the sight of a beautiful floating Monarch Butterfly? I still always gasp with delight when I see one. They are majestic. On top of that, they are awesome! Everyone (including me) seems a little confused about … Continue reading

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Insect Ecotourism!

I had one of the most amazing experiences of my life recently and it relates to another potentially win-win conservation situation: insect ecotourism. While at the International Congress of Conservation Biology Conference in Auckland, New Zealand in December last year, I … Continue reading

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See the forest for the trees!

I am a conservation biologist that realizes we need to reconcile human activities and needs with habitat conservation. In other words, we can’t just have “pristine” wilderness set aside in zoo-like enclosures, we need to make habitats exist within the … Continue reading

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