What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Unavoidable Carnage?
September 29, 2009
Hi Daniel
This is not an ID request and I am not suggesting a new category – I just thought you might find this interesting. I habitually check my grill after a road trip to see what I missed, or more correctly, what I hit but might have seen had I stopped more frequently to look around. Here’s what can happen during a late summer trip down some prairie country roads. I hasten to add that this was not my truck; I have never been quite so morbidly “successful”. I wonder if anyone has thought of using vehicle grill counts as a way of conducting insect surveys.  Regards.
Karl

Car Grill Insect Collection

Car Grill Insect Collection

Hi Karl,
This photo is actually quite gorgeous, despite the great loss of life.

Car Grill Close Up

Car Grill Close Up

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4 Responses to Car Grill Road Kill

  1. Aariq says:

    I recently heard from a student who was morally opposed to killing insects for her entomology class. The professor and the dean and the student worked out a compromise–she would build her collection only from already dead insects. She said she eventually needed to resort to car grills in parking lots to complete her collection!

    • bugman says:

      We here at What’s That Bug? also support the idea of collections formed from found dead specimens. Though we are not opposed to collecting insects for scientific or research purposes, we have major issues with “decorative” collections that are available on the market for profit.

  2. spleenman says:

    I’m pretty sure a survey of insect populations was caried out using road kill grills in Britain in the last 5-10 years.

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