Well, it happened again today, a friend removed the scales from eyes. I like beetles, really I do. The
superfamily Cucujoidea should be a favorite of mine. It contains several diverse and interesting families including: Coccinellidae and Erotylidae which are families that a have worked with a bit and Phalacridae and Endomychidae which are two families that I would like to dig into a bit deeper. There is just so much awesome out there and it is difficult to take it all in… let alone work with it in one human lifetime. Basically, I am a Cucujoidea moron – heck, I am a Coccinellidae moron, AND I WORK (usually unpaid) WITH THEM ALL THE TIME! Well, George Sims was kind enough to point my idiocy out by offering me the opportunity to learn more about the Nitidulidae.
My introduction to Nitidulids was feeding stations (if you click through it is page 7) I set up in Big Oak Tree State Park to observe Enodia species – Glischrochilus quadrisignatus was always in my baits! Then during some cotton work I ran into the concept of Nitidulids as pollinators! Better still introduced beetle and endangered plant! I am always interested in interactions between native and non-native species, you never know what will happen.
Even with all of this, I had never embraced Nitidulidae. I treated them as if they were second class, uninteresting insects (as if such a thing exists!). As I pursue Nitidulid knowledge under George’s guidance I look forward to a greater appreciation of many aspects of being alive on this planet.