Gossamer Tapestry

Reflections on conservation, butterflies, and ecology in the nation's heartland

Sunday, January 18, 2009

My 10 Insect Moments of 2008

A great idea put forward on the Nature Blogging Network site. They have put out the call for members to recap their top 10 nature posts of 2008. I decided to challenge myself by being a bit more specific than that. Here are my favorite 10 insect posts from last year.


10. Photographing tiger beetles at Wilcox Playa



9. Standing in fresh snow and collecting Cicindela lengi on the same day



8. Learning winter care for butterflies in Seattle and Portland



7. Breeding Purplish Coppers


6. Black lighting in Madera Canyon



5. Collecting and photographing Cicindela suturalis in Puerto Rico



4. Finding the Lichen Grasshopper in Arizona



3. Putting Regal Fritillary larvae to bed for the winter


2. Finding a new population of eastern red-bellied tiger beetles, and later learning that they are a threatened species




1. Successfully breeding Swamp Metalmarks in the lab

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9 Comments:

At 14:23, Blogger Will said...

Just amazing--beautiful pictures of truly admirable environmental work.

 
At 16:35, Blogger Floridacracker said...

Good work and very nice photos!

 
At 20:56, OpenID beetlesinthebush said...

Tigers in 4 out of your 10 best bug moments - nice to see you've got your priorities straight ;-)
regards--ted

 
At 21:06, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Will & FC- Thanks. I'm particularly appreciative of the kind words regarding my photography.

Ted- Heh. When I read your comment I briefly panicked. A quick check reveled that my moments regarding butterfly conservation equaled my moments regarding tiger beetles. It was a fun year either way.

 
At 21:08, Blogger Doug Taron said...

P.S. - Ted, we really need to get together for some tiger hunting in 2009. It will give us something to blog about.

 
At 21:44, Blogger Ur-spo said...

i enjoyed your posting - it is sooo you!

 
At 00:23, Blogger SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

These are fantastic Doug!! You definitely had a brilliant year. I especially like that grasshopper. What an excellent disguise.

 
At 00:11, Blogger T.R. said...

Fantastic. Be sure to forward this to Tai Haiku - i think he is doing a recap meme at the end of the month.

Don't forget the fantastic Tigers of Oklahoma complete with room and board!

 
At 08:34, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Spo- Thanks, and I'm glad that you found this post to be very me.

Joan- Thanks. The grasshopper post originally went up before you started visiting. Glad you liked it.

Tim- Thanks for reminding me. I did the post and then never forwarded the link on to Tai Haiku. Done now. The offer is extremely tempting....of course that would mean coordinating travel schedules of two people who spend large amounts of time on airplanes.

 

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