I just finished pointing* all of the beetles my research team collected at Hazen Camp, near Lake Hazen on Ellesmere Island, in the Canadian territory of Nunavut. If you don’t know where that is, you should click on that link.
See? It is very freaking far north.
Sorting through the specimens from this site didn’t take very long. The vigorous sampling efforts there resulted in a series of 17 individuals of what appears to be the same species of rove beetle (Staphylinidae), from the genus Atheta.
Atheta sp., a rove beetle (Staphylinidae) from the northernmost Canadian Arctic island.
The entire beetle is approximately 2 mm from head to tail; really, beyond my camera’s photographic capabilities.
Still, although fossilized ground beetles, and even lady beetles, have been discovered on Ellesmere in the past, this critter may be the only extant terrestrial beetle species from this part of the Arctic…which definitely makes it worth taking a photo, even if it’s out of focus.
* “Pointing” refers to gluing insects onto a small triangle/pointy-shaped piece of paper, through which an insect pin is inserted. It’s a handy way to mount insects that are too small or too delicate to pin directly.
Oliver, D.R. (1963). Entomological studies in the Lake Hazen area, Ellesmere Island, including lists of species of Arachnida, Collembola and Insecta. Arctic, 16(3):175-180.
Blake, W. and J.V. Mathews. (1979). New data on an interglacial peat deposit near Makinson Inlet, Ellesmere Island, District of Franklin. Geological Survey of Canada, Current Research Pt A, 79-1A, 157-164.