Beetles of Eastern NAFrom a footnote to the article “Homage to Santa Rosalia or Why Are There So Many Kinds of Animals?” by G. E. Hutchinson as published May-June, 1959 edition of The American Naturalist:

There is a story, possibly apocryphal, of the distinguished British biologist, J.B.S. Haldane, who found himself in the company of a group of theologians. On being asked what one could conclude as to the nature of the Creator from a study of his creation, Haldane is said to have answered, “An inordinate fondness for beetles.”

Arthur V. Evans may also be said to share this fondness, which is very fortunate indeed as Princeton University Press has recently released his latest book Beetles of Eastern North America.

A quick initial look-through leads me to believe it will be a most interesting read indeed. Expect a full review in the weeks to come.