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Pussy Riot

Oh… My God

A song about a kid that collects… bugs!!!!!!!!!!!

This is absolutely unbelievable! This is almost as exciting as when I found my Gymnusa sound track.

I’ll explain that on a later post.

Shonen Knife (少年ナイフ)

I haven’t been this excited about a band in the past three years!!

Why is it that I always get really stoked about bands after they phase out of fashion? I would like to be a participant of the masses at some point in time.

Oh, P. S. (post script), I’m back from over 6 weeks of field work. I’ll present on some of as the days go by.

Taxonomists have always had the reputation of being difficult. Intransigence may be rooted in the necessity of defending prolonged self-immersion in a taxon that others find a total bore; it is frustrating to have one’s life work greeted with a yawn.

W. W. Moss 1983, Taxa, Taxonomists, and Taxonomy

more de-barking in Costa Rica

Leptochirus sp.

Leptochirus is a relatively speciose group of subcorticular (inhabits the narrow space between the wood and bark of woody plants) Osoriinae (a.k.a. hotdog-staphlyinids: do to the nature of the cylindrical abdomen made up of the fusion of the, usually seperate, upper and lower plates).

These beetles may be found in small groups, often containing a group of closely aged young and pupae. Drawing paralels with passalid beetles, some people have speculated that these groups could represent small family groups. You can’t deny some morphological similarities with passalids either. Those strongly dentate square-ish mandibles are awfully similar, possibly due to similar habits?

Odontotaenius disjunctus

de-Barking in Costa Rica

With a little over 30 species, Homalolinus is a predominantly Central American Xantholinini that inhabits subcorticular habitats (lives under bark of dead trees). I have found that fermenting, gooey subcortex is best, and this statement goes for other staphylinoids as well. Several genera/species of Hydrophilidae and aleocharine staphylinids such as Diestota are quite abundant under the bark of of trees undergoing some fermentation.

Homalolinus cf. apicalis

Homalolinus cf. canaliculatus