A new (sort of) newsletter for scarab enthusiasts, SCARABAEUS, just announced its first edition. Similar in content to its predecessor, SCARABS, it encourages contributions on all things scarab-related. If you don't know, you can read the history of how SCARABS became SCARABAEUS in the intro by the editors. I look forward to reading and possibly contributing to future editions.
Thanks for this information - it looks interesting and I have contacted them about subscribing. My scarab interests lie mainly in the Nearctic fauna, but the exotic taxa are just too cool to ignore!
I haven't read the whole introduction by the editors of Scarabaeus, but I do remember reading many issues of the earlier newsletter 'Scarabs'. It was edited primarily by several scarab workers in the U.S. and it had a nice mix of articles on both domestic and exotic subjects. It is available online at the following link:
Now for the warning! The editors of Scarabs had put a 'pinup' image of ladies they personally knew at the end of a lot of their issues. It was PG-rated stuff at worst, but it caused some conflict with folks that felt it was sexist and inappropriate. I have no strong opinions on whether it was right or wrong, but it ended up causing an unnecessary distraction to all of the fantastic information in the newsletter. Check it out - it's a great read... and the girls aren't even as 'exposed' as the models in the swimsuit section of your weekly Kohl's ad...
Yes, it caused quite a stir at the time as the newsletter was hosted by both the Coleopterists Society and the Univ. of Nebraska. For some more background on the controversy, including links to the previous editions of the SCARABS newsletter and some of the scandalous photos see: