Re: [OM] Rare Beetle (Chris Trask)

Subject: Re: [OM] Rare Beetle (Chris Trask)
From: Chris Trask <christrask@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 12 Aug 2017 05:51:18 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
     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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