Last night, Chris Brown—my longtime field companion and fellow tiger beetle aficionado—and I gave a presentation to the Entomology Group of the Webster Groves Nature Study Society at Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Missouri, giving highlights from our nearly 20 of “chasing” tiger beetles in Missouri. Our work not only revealed two new state records (Cicindelidia trifasciata ascendens and Cylindera celeripes), bringing to 24 the total number of tiger beetle species known from the state, but also featured intensive surveys for several species of conservation interest.
It was a fun, lighthearted presentation that emphasized the experiences we had while conducting these surveys and our growth as natural historians as a result of them. Of course, beautiful photographs of tiger beetles were used liberally throughout the presentation (for those who do not know, Chris was my early mentor in the area of insect macrophotography!). While we had a nice local turnout, I realize most of the readership of this blog could not have attended this event in person. Never fear, however, for I have saved the slide deck as a PDF document* that you can download and peruse at your convenience.
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© Ted C. MacRae 2019
6 thoughts on ““Highlights from Nearly 20 Years of Chasing Tiger Beetles in Missouri””
I enjoyed that PDF a lot. Thanks for posting.
You’re welcome, Colin – glad you enjoyed it!
What a pleasure it was to share our adventures with tiger beetles– so glad you welcomed me into the project all those years ago. Thanks, Ted!
One of the funnest talks I’ve given. So many great memories we have from all that time in the field together. Thanks for being a part of the adventure, and let’s do more!
Thanks for sharing the presentation, especially the photos from Calico Rock. I spent a lot of time on those glades as a kid. My father took his Plant Taxonomy classes there every year as part of the big class field trip. I may have chased a few collared lizards instead of helping the students with their plant collections….
Calico Rock is one of the most interesting places I have ever visited! It’s a fair drive from St. Louis, but I’ve gone there a number of times now.