Curation

Profiling the pinned collection

As I mentioned a few days ago, we spent a week last spring — almost exactly a year ago, actually — profiling our holdings of pinned insects, using a system modified from McGinley (1989, 1993). This process, pulling out each drawer, evaluating the condition of its contents, and then publishing our conclusions, was one of our 2010 New Year’s resolutions. We did end up profiling the pinned material but failed to publicly avail the results! So here they are. Note…

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Desired taxa

NC insects of the week

Hemiptera: Hebridae: Hebrus concinnus Uhler, 1894 Thinking about that spongillafly last week reminded me of other interesting and somewhat rare species I’ve come across, so this week I cover another uncommon insect I collected during my tenure as a masters student: the velvet water bug, Hebrus concinnus. Actually, I don’t know if the individuals I collected were this species, but they were definitely Hebrus. I found them crawling across the surface of a pool at the bottom of a waterfall…

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NC insect of the week – number 10

Mecoptera: Meropeidae: Merope tuber Newman, 1838 Merope tuber is the only representative of the family Meropeidae in North America. The Australian earwigfly, Austromerope poultoni Killington and the extinct species Boreomerope antiqua Novokschonov, known from the Middle Jurassic in Siberia, are the only other known species in the family (1). The first specimen of Merope tuber was collected in 1837 by Edward Doubleday in Trenton Falls, New York. In 1838, a contemporary of Charles Darwin, Edward Newman, described the species. The…

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Expeditions

Microceraphron! Who are you? (part 1)

I am back from Hungary without posting anything during my trip (although I did promise this to Andy!). Internet connections, however, were not the best in the places we spent most of our time, but perhaps the main reason for this «blogless» period is that I haven’t and never will be the winner of a Blogitzer Prize. Anyway, now I am back and Andy tells me at least 25 times a day, that I promised to write something about the…

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Taxon wish list: Limacodidae (Lepidoptera)

Well, it might be too late for this year’s class, but we desperately need adult Limacodidae (Lepidoptera) for the teaching collection – we have only one un-spread, atypical specimen. I’ve pulled these small to medium sized moths from sheets bathed in the bluish tinge of Hg-vapor and from incandescent lights against my house. They often adopt relatively bizarre postures that involve headstands, curved abdomens, and one position that can only be described as a frozen «push-up.» Look for colors that…

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