This is a guest post by 2022 JEDI Biocollections Summer Scholars Program alum, Tommy Thiatmaja.
This morning, I had a new paper published on the beautiful darkling beetles in the genus Eleodes Eschscholtz. In it I described a new species I discovered from doing field work in Nevada during the summer of 2015. When I tell them about my research, that I discover and describe new species of beetles, I am moreo ften than not greeted with surprise and the qustion "I thought we knew all the species on the planet, how do you find new ones?" This blog post is my attempt to explain the process by telling the story of Eleodes inornatus Johnston, 2016.