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The database of the map module just increased to 25,491 records. Thanks to Uli Weber, Justus Vogt, Gerhard Schwab and Pamela Schmidt.

The database of the map module just increased to 25,021 records. Thanks to Jürgen Krebs, Uli Weber, Don-Alexander van Bergen, Jürgen Bliß, Klaus Fassl, Anita Kemp da Silva and Hansgeorg Pudack.

Record of Blaps mucronata in Mannheim-Schwetzingerstadt.

Today, after a lengthy pause, I'm happy to put a new topic page online which presents observations on the beetle fauna of Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius). It is nicely illustrated with photos and – for the first time on – movies as well. The author of the text, photos and movies is Dr. Hans-Joachim Gießmann, to whom I am very grateful for his contribution. I also thank Irina Würtele and Klaas Reißmann for their critical review of the draft and helpful comments and suggestions.

Records of Coeliodes ilicis at the Gangelsberg near Duchroth (Nahe valley) and Cymindis humeralis in the Lampertheim Forest (South Hesse).

I've just uploaded a new enhancement to all thumbnail overviews on From now on, below every species thumbnail on a little traffic light is displayed, indicating the ease of determination by photo: very easy (), difficult () or very difficult to impossible (). Species marked with a green traffic light should be easily determined also by laypersons with some basic knowledge. Species marked with yellow are more difficult, but can be usually determined by experts from good high-res photos. Species marked with a red traffic light are very difficult to determine by photo or cannot be determined by photo at all. The new function is mainly aimed at newcomers and shall indicate the restraints of photo determination.

The database of the map module just increased to 24,916 records. Thanks to Gernot Medger, Marek Swadzba, Jürgen Krebs, Manfred Kunz, Jürgen Fuchs and Manfred Bichler.

From now on, all thumbnail overviews on display the classification of the respective species in the German Red List of endangered species: Extinct (), critically endangered (), endangered (), vulnerable (), restricted (), endangerment probable (), near threatened () and data deficient (). Species of least concern are not mentioned in the Red List of Germany and are marked with .

The database of the map module just increased to 24,860 records. Thanks to Jürgen Krebs, Markus Brüggemann, Jürgen Fuchs, Peter Höhns, Jürgen Bliß, Siegfried Germann, Manfred Kunz, Dennis Rupprecht and Christine Witt.

I've just added a phenogram function to Both in the family overviews and in other modules of a new symbol appears right below the species name (). Clicking the symbol opens a popup window containing a phenogram of the selected species. The phenogram contains all my record dates (clustered by week of the record) and helps the user to figure out the activity time(s) of the adults of the respective species in Germany. Furthermore, I've created a standalone module for the display of user selected phenograms (in the menu Fauna).

The database of the map module just increased to 24,832 records. Thanks to Gernot Medger, Marek Swadzba, Jürgen Krebs, Markus Brüggemann, Roland Schlegel, Jürgen Bliß, Thomas Klein and Anita Volk.

New photos in the section variability of elytral color patterns in Coccinellidae added. Thanks to Hedy Jansen, Ingrid Altmann and Karsten Grabow.

Two notable records from the northern Upper Rhine valley: Cassida murraea and Anogcodes ferruginea.

I've just made a minor change to the starting page of The update of the main menu bar a few months ago has made the site overview redundant. Therefore I removed it and replaced it with the popular families.

Shortly before the beginning of summer I've just uploaded the spring update with 53 new species from 20 families. The number of species available on increases to 2,360. At the same time the database of the map module increases to 24,770 records. Thanks to Marek Swadzba, Jürgen Krebs, Gerhard Schwab, Markus Brüggemann, Jutta Bastian and Eva Schmitz. I wish all visitors a pleasant stay on!

Four notable records from the Lower Rhine region near Wesel: Coeliodes nigritarsis, Cryptocephalus punctiger, Bembidion litorale and Copris lunaris.

Five notable records from Germany online: Rhopalocerus rondanii, Eumolpus asclepiadeus, Rhynchites aethiops and Amphimallon ruficorne from the arid floodplain near Grißheim (South Baden) as well as Coraebus undatus from the Heimberg near Waldböckelheim (Nahe valley).

Record of Omphalapion laevigatum near Stutensee-Spöck.

Record of Omphalapion buddebergi on the Gangelsberg near Duchroth.

The database of the map module just increased to 24,413 records. Thanks to Jürgen Bliß, Maren Hachmann, Felix Riegl and Detlev Schlegel.

Three notable records from Germany: Anthaxia mendizabali (new for North Rhine), Thanasimus rufipes and Gymnetron stimulosum.

The database of the map module just increased to 23,970 records. Thanks to Andreas Müller, Gernot Medger, Gerhard Schwab, Jürgen Krebs, Roland Schlegel and Klaus Wendt.

Two notable records from the Upper Rhine valley: Stenolophus skrimshiranus and Ceratapion basicorne.

The database of the map module just increased to 23,625 records. Thanks to Andreas Müller and Roland Schlegel.

Three new records from the Gangelsberg near Duchroth online: Agapanthia intermedia, Orsodacne lineola and Gymnetron rostellum.

Record of Ampedus sinuatus in the forest 'Unterer Dossenwald' near Mannheim-Rheinau (Baden).

Record of Phytoecia nigripes and Anobium emarginatum on the ridge 'Büchelberger Grat' near Pommertsweiler (East Württemberg).

The database of the map module just increased to 23,271 records. Thanks to Reinhard Weidlich, Gerhard Schwab, Reinhold Beikircher, Jutta Bastian, Ute Scott, Rolf Welsch and especially to Johannes Lückmann, who contributed a large number of records of blister beetles.

Over the last few days I've added ten photos in the section variability of elytral color patterns in Coccinellidae. Thanks to Hedy Jansen and Ingrid Altmann.

Record of Meloe scabriusculus at the Heimberg near Waldböckelheim (Rhineland-Palatinate).

Three new records from the Heimberg near Waldböckelheim online: Phrissotrichum rugicolle, Dorcadion fuliginator and Mecinus janthinus.

The database of the map module just increased to 22,662 records. Thanks to Lennart Wessel, Gerhard Schwab, Irina Würtele, Jochen Schwarz, Karl-Heinz Bouda and Marc Davids.

The high-res pictures have been switched to gender-specific with (partly) available photos of the female (♀) and the male (♂). All modules displaying the high-res pictures have been adapted accordingly. Hence the module for photo comparison now also allows comparing the photos of male and female side-by-side.

Observation of Meloe decorus near Oppenheim (Rhineland-Palatinate).

The database of the map module just increased to 22,444 records. Thanks to Ingrid Altmann, Marek Swadzba und Reinhold Beikircher. In addition, there is a small update in the glossary with new entries contributed by Klaas Reißmann (thanks!).

All thumbnail overviews on now allow the user to select the preferred gender of the beetles displayed, either female (♀) or male (♂). Around 220 of the 2,300 species available on are covered with photos of the male, female or both. In those cases, where the preferred gender is not available, an existing photo is displayed instead. The gender is displayed as symbol right of the species name. If no symbol is shown, the gender of the beetle has not been determined. The high-res photos are not yet switched to gender-specific, but will follow mid-term.

Today I added a sort of "shopping basket" to In the family overviews as well as in the modules Search by name and Search by appearance there is a new icon below the species name: and respectively. By clicking the symbol , the selected species is added to a user-defined thumbnail comparison (similar to the shopping basket in an online shop). By clicking the symbol the species is deleted from the comparison. The beetle species compiled to the comparison can be either viewed with the new module Thumbnail comparison or can be used as pre-selection in the module Compare photos for the comparison of high-res pictures. The selected species remain stored as cookie on the local hard disk for maximum 12 hours (cookies must be enabled in the browser). I hope, the new function is not too complicated to use and proves useful over time.

The database of the map module makes another huge leap forward and increases to 22,357 records. Special thanks to Michael Stern, furthermore to Heidi Röder, Justus Vogt, Manfred Niehuis, Reinhold Beikircher and Carlo Graf Bülow.

The map module just got two new features: Besides the list of contributors, I've added an overview of the available records per map sheet as kmz file for Google Earth, as well as an Excel list of all recorded species. The number of beetle records can be displayed in Google Earth as a green bar on the respective map sheet. Its height correlates with the number of species recorded in that particular map sheet, hence gives an overview of the current coverage of the German beetle fauna.

The database of the map module just increased to 19,703 records. Thanks to Heidi Röder, Mario Finkel and Reinhold Beikircher. Please also note that the menu entry "Download" has been moved to the section "Tools". Finally I added a new book review.

I've just uploaded the further improved version 3 of the module for photo comparison. Now with an optional convenient thumbnail preview. The manual has been revised accordingly. Have fun with it!

I just uploaded a few minor detail enhancements on The menu entry "Families" now opens a menu with superfamilies and families, which can be directly clicked. By choosing a superfamily, only the families comprised in this superfamily will be displayed in the family overview (here e.g. Cucujoidea). The CSS menu bar has been completely revised. I've tested it with IE8 and Firefox 3.6. Should you experience any problems, please kindly provide your feedback to Furthermore, I added a new functionality to the overviews of notable beetle records and featured species: By choosing "new" as a filter, only the ten most recent entries will be displayed. Finally, with the changes on the internal data structure, in passing I added five new species from Q4/2010 as a tiny update in the photo gallery.

I wish all visitors of a happy and successful New Year 2011 and lots of fun with the beetle hobby!

New Year 2011

As a start into the New Year I've just uploaded a completely revised version of the so far rather spartan module for photo comparison with lots of new functionality. Just try it out!

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