You never know when opportunity will present itself.
>> One of our USFS forest rangers unknowingly took the first known photo
>>of a very rare Typocerus gloriosus beetle:
> Chris, many thanks for the post. Some cerambycids can be quite
>impressive insects--the Pine Sawyer comes to mind. It's always a treat to
>see here in Minnesota.
> It wouldn't be too hard to take first known photos of quite a few
>"rare" insects. I collected dozens of examples of one of "my" species of
>small flies in a cavern in a snow field above timberline on Mt. Baker in
>Washington. The collecting site was the inspiration for the name I coined:
> nivicavernicola, for "snow cave dweller." Still don't have a photo of the
>guy, though. Nor do I have photos for Diamesa amplexivirilia, chiobates,
>or cheimatophila. You Latin scholars can figure out what the names imply.
>All but a couple of the sixty or whatever known specimens of the "rare" D.
>nivicavernicola were collected by me at one site on one day. Insect
>distribution records, and assessments of the species' "rarity," often
>record the distribution and scarcity of entomologists rather than insects.
>There are just too many of the darn things. (Ahh, insects, that is.)
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