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Beetle Wish List Updated

I've gotten an updated list of the beetles needed

Sphaeriusidae - Minute Bog Beetles

Jim, you can either just incorporate this or whatever... I had some time on my hands so I went through the entire beetle section, wrote down every family and cross-checked it with American Beetles 2 and your list, so it should be good to go!

My goal is to add one of them

You should be able to find Sphaeriusidae in the Sierras. They're not always in bogs. Some live along mountain rivers and streams.

Here's a link to my original wish list:

one more down - Micromalthidae
we also now have an adult Texas Beetle

Microsporidae should be changed to Sphaeriusidae, as of ICZN opinion 1957 (also on the tree of life site).

International Committee of Zoological Nomenclature. 2000. Opinion 1957, Sphaerius Waltl, 1838 (Insecta, Coleoptera): conserved; and Sphaeriidae Erichson, 1845 (Coleoptera): spelling emended to Sphaeriusidae, so removing the homonymy with Sphaeriidae Deshayes, 1854 (1820) (Mollusca, Bivalvia). Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 57(3):182-184.

bummer, I have them and Telegeusids in my collection back home!!

when'd you get sphaeriusids?
was it during the summer you stayed in the Chiricahuas? How'd you ID them, aren't they the size of grains of sand? cool, though.

found them in the pool at the SWRS in algae growing on the side. Yup, they looked just like swimming grains of black sand.

right in the pool, awesome, but a little gross there was that much algae in a swimming pool

Went ahead and changed that. Why didn't you bring your collection with you to Arizona?

too many tenebs
12 drawers of Tenebs is all I could fit in my van, 10 drawers of beetles had to be left at home!

That's a LOT of Tenebs. The ones I'm sending should go out with the mail tomorrow

Six beetle families left!

That leaves you with the chal
That leaves you with the challenge of get the Eulichadidae - Forest Stream Beetles. They occur in quite streams and rivers. The type locality is Sacramento, California. Happy Hunting!

Well, I'll be living in Sacramento and working with Chuck Bellamy, so I might just be able to get that one. Everyone else.... back off.... MY BEETLE!


I was looking through the Wag
I was looking through the Wagner/Scott Collection and came across a unit tray of beetles that didn't have a family designation. They had been identified as Stenocolus and somthing rang a bell with me, so I looked them up and low and behold they are the missing family Eulichadidae. These were collected along the Kaweah River in Tulare County.

Great find Dennis! Two more t
Great find Dennis! Two more to go!

Seven beetle families left, out of the 130+ found in the US. That is nothing short of amazing!

I remembered seeing the genus and marvelling at the odd arrangement of the head. So I've posted some pictures. Another one bites the dust!

Beetle Wish List Updated
I've got pics of several of these if you'll tell me how to get them to you.

Those were magnificent images! Thank you so much for contributing them. I like the Belid best, it's so cool!

probably easier
to just upload directly - go to ID Request Tab, then add image and follow the directions - guide pages will be added soon after by someone.

I posted Trachypachus holmbergi to the ID Request page. One more down!

1 mod
Monommatids are now considered Zopherids.

For the record:
A contributor posted some irrelevant and irresponsible comments that have since been removed. Given that none of them makes sense without the original comments, I think it would have been better to delete all the responses, too (I've seen some taxonomists get worked up about classification changes, but this is ridiculous!).

I notice that the indenting makes it look like the angry replies are in response to this message... oh, my!

Better you than Jeff ;-)
I figured it must have been something like that. Yes, maybe the whole volley can be eliminated.

I don't know how...
I think the system admin is the only one who can delete other people's comments. I don't seem to be able to or I would have done it a long long time ago

You're right.
Just email John VanDyke and ask him to dump these obsolete responses:
jvandyk at

What the hell is wrong with you
Do you have brain damage or are you just a dumb ass

Go away and never come back
Please leave random pokemon garbage where it belongs and don't interject it here. It only make matter difficult for editors. Could one of you remove his account?

Deleting the account isn't good enough. We need to do a reverse lookup and just completely block anybody coming from that address.

It's not funny you pathetic little crackhead. People on this website are actually trying to learn something. If you want to try to learn then fine. Otherwise your idiotic behavior just proves the fact that not all people are born with an equal chance at intelligence.

no harm no foul guys
while the comments are not relative to the site, they aren't harmful. The best thing to do is ignore them, unless they are cluttering up the guide with nonsense. Please remember, that members could be kids (esp. it they're leaving comments about Pokemon), and you should reply accordingly.

I did reply accordingly.
I don't care if it's a kid or not. There's no excuse for that kind of stupidity. If it is a kid he/she had enough sense to get to this website so you would think they would have enough sense to know better than to act that way. If they don't, I have no problem in giving them an attitude adjustment.

By the way, did you see this topic this moron commented on ?

I don't put up with such lack of respect from my own kids and I'm surely not going to put up with it from somebody else's.

no I didn't
see the other comment, which was obviously out of line. Please just try to keep things professional and all-age friendly, even if others don't.


please use this site properly, or the site owners may end up blocking you.

Lynette, do want to field this one, because if I do it's not going to be pretty.

He also added another comment here

I suggest the tried and true
I suggest the tried and true method of ignore it and he'll get bored. I've moved the topic to a new forum

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