A Riffle in Time


On October 5, 2016, the Stephan’s riffle beetle was declared extinct. It had not been seen for two decades. “We are saddened by its apparent loss,” said Dr. Benjamin Tuggle of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the press release announcing the negative results of five years of surveys. 

I was not prepared for the grief that filled me when I learned this. 

I have never seen the Stephan’s riffle beetle (Heterelmis stephani). I did not even know it existed. But I know intimately the place where they lived: Bog Springs in Madera Canyon, a tree-lined creek on the west flank…


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