Eleodes compositus Casey 1891, Holotype
This week has been the most productive of my summer so far. While it is wonderful and necessary to spend time in the field, the same amount of time spent in a collection allows you to benefit from the generations of workers who came before you. This week I have been imaging the type specimens of Eleodes Eschscholtz held at the USNM (Smithsonian Natural History Museum) insect collection.
The value and importance of natural history collections cannot be overstated. Even specimens which some would assume have very little value often turn out to be quite important to future work. One such instance is the story of Eleodes compositus Casey 1891, pictured above.
Franz Lab graduate students Andrew Jansen and Andrew Johnston presented papers at this year’s 98th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America, held on April 06-09, 2014, at the Marriott University Park in Tucson, Arizona. Here are their presentation titles, and photos taken by Sangmi Lee.
Lab members Andrew Jansen, Guanyang, Lin Pan, and Sangmi Lee headed out to the Imperial Sand Dunes near Yuma, AZ, for a weekend in late January to collect beetles and moths that are out and about at this time of the year. It has been a dry winter but darkling beetles and broad-nosed weevils (such as Trigonoscuta) were out in some numbers. See photographs of the wonderful scenery here.