I got to Kansas on August 16th after a wonderful visit to the Field Museum. Thanks Al and Margaret for your wonderful hospitality!
Kojun came to visit on the 19th. My apartment still littered in boxes and more came on the 20th. What a time to have a visitor. Regardless it was a nice fun visit and Kojun was able to add more new species to his on going generic revision.
One of the main missions for Kojun was to collect a specific Bembidion species for Dr. David Maddison here in Kansas. With some help, Kojun and I headed for a locality north of Lawrence.
According to Kojun sorting through tent caterpillar nests yields some interesting beetles. One of particular interest for Kojun was a tenebrionid in the genus Paratenetus (Lagriinae). And sure enough we found them, but what a peculiar habitat, although Paratenetus don’t seem to be restricted here. We also collected latridiids, carabids and other LBB’s (Little Brown Beetles).
Any ideas as to what this snake could be? Very cool looking, awesome red underside and literally sifted from substrate.