Barney Streit 15 km west
Sonora, Mexico, August 2005.
Photo by Frank Hovore.
Barney is an endodontist by profession,
although the roots of his interests in entomology extend deep
into his childhood. Like many others, he began collecting all
insects, then narrowed down to Coleoptera, and then Scarabaeidae
as his storage boxes became full.
Barney is not a particularly gifted collector but somehow maintains
his reputation by befriending and accompanying a galaxy of extraordinary
coleopterists in the field. Excursions have been made to Malaysia,
Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, French Guiana, and Ecuador. Interests
include all scarab beetles. Recently, however, he has become
as interested in dung beetles as they are in his "by products."
In his spare time, Barney pursues photography and co-edits Scarabs,
a newsletter devoted to not only the understanding of scarabs
and ways to study them, but to shedding some light on those
who attempt to do so.