An Inordinate Fondness # Nine

is a web carnival devoted to beetles, their biology and evolution. The current issue is at Beetles in the Bush. Go check it out!


  1. #1 Birger Johansson
    October 19, 2010

    Insects lurking in a bush? That makes me think of the synsects of this book…
    (although beetles do not tend to be social)

    An Alaskan species of beetle actually has a (non-protein) molecule that inhibits ice crystal formation, enabling it to go into suspended animation during winter.
    If they could only evolve a more effective way of pumping air and blood, they could overcome the size limitation of arthropods and become really formidable.
    -Considering the enormous biomass of beetles, I wonder if we could make a GM variety, programmed to seek out anoxic conditions before death so they do not decompose. That would tie up a lot of carbon…

  2. #2 Ted C. MacRae
    October 19, 2010

    Hi Greg – thanks for your contribution and helping to spread the word.