Sunday, May 23, 2010

An Inordinate Fondness

As some of you regular readers might have noticed, these days i am spending an inordinate amount of time peering into the ground, trying to identify the 'weeds' and observing the lives of the ants and bugs that live amongst them. It is a fascinating world!! I am truely wishing i could spread a carpet by a tree and spend a few hours merely observing what all the little creatures get up to.

And quite coincidentally, i also stumbled upon another excellant blog carnival on the web, as i was going through the regular editions of the festival of the trees, circus of the spineless and the fascinating house of herps, that i hope to host later in the year. It is called "an inordinate fondness" and i'll paste below what it has to say about itself-

Taken from "An Inordinate Fondness":

When asked by an English cleric what his studies of nature’s diversity had taught him about the Creator, 20th Century British geneticist and noted evolutionary biologist J.B.S. Haldane reportedly quipped, "He has an inordinate fondness for beetles." While there is some uncertainty whether Haldane ever actually spoke these words, no one can argue with their truth.

In fact, nearly half of all insects and one quarter of all described living species are beetles—350,000 and counting. They occur in virtually every habitat imaginable and exhibit innumerable, often brightly colored—even iridescent—and architecturally elaborate forms. Their impacts on humans are also many, not only as pests and beneficial organisms, but also as cultural symbols and objects of passionate scientific and philatelic interest.

An Inordinate Fondness is a celebration of beetles—of their indescribable beauty, amazing forms, and astonishing diversity. We hope you will join us in this celebration every month, as we highlight the best that the blogosphere has to offer on this fascinating group of animals.


radha said...

More on weeds - quoting from Handa's book on Wild Flowers - ( type wild flowers of India - Nimret Handa) - and he says the ability to identify wild flowers can transform a journey, walk or a drive into a voyage of discovery. So true.

Arati said...

so true radha. thanks for sharing.