Sorry to have missed you

Today, I was in the neighborhood, so I thought I would visit my good friend Cylindera

The neighborhood for Cylindera cursitans.

The neighborhood for Cylindera cursitans.

cursitans. 2006 through 2011, Ted MacRae, Chris Brown, and I learned some really cool things about this beetle in Missouri (MacRae et al. 2011)! The coolest thing was we found this beetle to be using habitats that were outside of habitats previously described in the literature. Bottomland forests are a difficult habitat to census because not only is the habitat structurally complex, but there are also Diptera in the bottomland forests who will command your attention as they try to take blood meals from you.

The Mississippi River has been high, we have had a cold and wet spring, and the bottomland forest (likely due to the lack of beach because of high water) was full of of the larger, and probably dangerous to C. cursitans, Cicindela repanda. Perhaps C. cursitans was not out yet, perhaps C. cursitans was hiding from Cicindela repanda, or perhaps they were in plan sight and I couldn’t find them – part of the fun of looking for insects is you never know what you might find. Even though I did not find what I wanted, I did get to spend a few moments in the company of mature trees next to the awesome Mississippi River and soak up the peace and tranquility.

I am sorry to have missed you Cylindera cursitans, but I will be in the neighborhood again soon – maybe we can visit then!

Reference: MacRae, T. C., C. R. Brown and K. Fothergill. 2011. Distribution, seasonal occurrence and conservation status of Cylindera (s. str.) cursitans (LeConte) (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae) in Missouri.  Cicindela 43.3:59–74.


9 thoughts on “Sorry to have missed you

    1. biologistsoup Post author

      Yeah, I don’t know exactly what is going on – but that is what makes it fun! Repanda, formosa, and cuprascens were out in force on the greatly diminished beach. I thought I saw hirticollis, but I couldn’t get a photo or catch it – we had Kelly’s truck and the only nets were big heavy sweep nets.

    1. biologistsoup Post author

      Jon – Ted is amazing. This post was about totally missing the target, something that happens to all of us. I was thinking about you the other day, would you like some Popillia japonica (Japanese beetles)? It would be no trouble to collect a few for you today while working in the garden.

  1. ggsims

    You know you guys owe me a beetling trip. Wife and daughter will be leaving for Wyoming in about a month, and I’ll be here, all alone, waiting for the house to sell. Plenty of room. Bring the whole gang.


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