Craig Sondergaard

Scaphinotus

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Congrats on the funding and good luck on your endeavor. I'm looking forward to the revisions. I've "released" many small Stapylinids thinking I'll never have the time or ability to accurately ID them. I hope your key will give me an incentive to try more often!
Nov 02, 2013
Lucid Key to Staphylinidae Subfamilies
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Every collecting method I've used turns up staphylinids! Flipping objects, sweeping, beating, Berlese funnels, Malaise, pitfalls, UV and mercury light, sugaring, and colored pan traps with soapy water. A huge and truly ubiquitous family (I know I'm preaching to the choir). Anecdotes: For a long time, I would find numerous Stenus in just about every aquatic habitat I visited. However in the last 10+ years, I rarely see them. Like with many of my "non-quantitative" observations, I often wonder if other people have the same experience. I had an extremely painful experience with a tiny (2mm) rove beetle in my eye. It was excruciating and took a lot of water and time to stop hurting. I used Hatch (1957) to ID it, then looked it up in Habermehl's, Venomous Animals and their Toxins. It contained a cocktail which included a quinone. I think it was a Bledius sp. I wish you luck on your project and I will contribute more as my budget allows.
Jul 19, 2013
Lucid Key to Staphylinidae Subfamilies
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How was the flashlight modified? Do you just mean a mounting system or something more technical?
Jul 18, 2013
Lucid Key to Staphylinidae Subfamilies
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