The Bug Geek

Insects. Doing Science. Other awesome, geeky stuff.


Yesterday my TGIQ inbox revealed quite a nice surprise: a request from a professor in the Zoology Department at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. 

Apparently this professor is working on a new field guide and had been searching the interwebz for pictures of a particular beetle.  A beetle that is considered an invasive alien pest in his country, but is native to my country.  A beetle who a certain geek just happened to subject to a few hasty snapshots last April. 

He liked the pictures.  He wanted them for his field guide.

Let me think about that a sec….um, HECK YES!!! 

He has already authoured “Field Guide to the Insects of South Africa”.  My photo(s) will be going in his latest book, which focuses on alien and introduced species. 

Here’s the Photo In Question:

Pissodes nemorensis

7 responses to “Woot!

  1. MObugs41 February 23, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    Congratulations Geek!!!! That is so amazingly awesome!

  2. dragonflywoman February 24, 2011 at 1:15 AM

    Oooh! Congrats! Are you getting a copy of the field guide out of it too?

    • TGIQ February 24, 2011 at 7:16 AM

      I asked for a pdf of the page it was on, he’s going to send me the proof of the chapter once it’s done (dangit, shoulda asked for a book!!!)

  3. jason February 24, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Major congrats are in order! Kudos to you. I hope you get a contributor copy so you can show us what it looks like.

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