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I have moved to Ecuador to find and photograph the rich diversity of neotropical beetles. Other Bug Guide contributors have also gone and will go on Latin American forays in quest of arthropod photo subjects. We need a central site like Bug Guide to post our images and get them identified. I therefore hope to see a Latin American version of Bug Guide created, with a similar mixture of amateur and credentialed volunteer editors. (I may ask if Bug Guide creator Troy Bartlett will permit direct use of his BG software as a base for it.)

I haven't followed other Bug Guide taxons but Vasily Belov's tireless efforts the past couple years, plus the specialists he's recruited to help, have made the site an excellent resource for coleopterists. I frequently get requests to use my Bug Guide images for ID handouts, Web sites, and visuals in conference presentations, and I'm sure many others on BG have received similar requests. My guess is that the Lepidoptera section is similarly valuable.

Besides providing ID images, Bug Guide exists as a virtual "moth sheet" where new material is constantly showing up. By new I mean to include those species new to Bug Guide but also completely undiscovered species, new adventive species to the region, new state and provincial records, and new larval, nymph, sex, and host associations. I don't know if anyone has made any tallies but I posted a new ciid beetle found by Richard Lareau and a new eucnemid beetle found by me, both un-published in the scientific literature as yet, and I think images of Hydroscapha redfordi, discovered in Idaho by Crystal Maier, were first published on Bug Guide before it was named. I also reportedly was first to associate and publish (on Bug Guide) images of the larvae of Eleates depressus. There must be many such Bug Guide discovery stories by now.

In order to sell the idea to a hosting university or museum, and possibly for grant funding, I would like to develop a list of discoveries in connection with publication of images on Bug Guide. The prospect for undescribed taxa and host and larval associations is enormous in South and Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico, so if Web site discoveries are well documented for the US and Canada, the usefulness of a similar one in Latin America should be axiomatic.

Please post BG-related taxon discoveries and other useful data you are aware of as comments below for me to add to the list. Please include Bug Guide links. I am seeking data in the following areas:


__"New" undescribed species first posted on Bug Guide

__Adventive species to the Bug Guide region first posted on Bug Guide

__State or provincial records first posted on Bug Guide

__Adult/immature/sex associations first on Bug Guide

__Host plant/tree/diet associations first posted on Bug Guide

__Parasite/host associations first posted on Bug Guide

__Textbook images taken from Guide submissions

__Instructors who have used Bug Guide submissions in classrooms

__Image use requests for scientific papers and presentations

__Scientific publications mentioning Bug Guide

__Government agencies posting on Bug Guide

__ PhD entomologists who are contributors or editors on Bug Guide



While some of this data will necessarily be anecdotal, some will be voluminous and impossible to pin down precisely as numbers will constantly be changing. However, assembling counts in these areas will serve the purpose of providing evidence concerning the value of Bug Guide and the projected value of a Latin American version. This will be important in the search for a hosting university or museum and in the quest for funding.

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Here is a starter list:

"New" undescribed taxa first on Bug Guide:

Coleoptera
Ciidae:Octotemnus
Curculionidae: Conotrachelus sp.
Eucnemidae: Dirrhagofarsus sp.
Hydroscaphidae: Hydroscapha redfordi
Meloidae: Meloe sp.
Staphylinidae: Leptotyphlinae

Hemiptera
Cicadellidae

Hymenoptera
Colletidae: Colletes (undescribed) world (Florida)
Ichneumonidae: Phygadeuontini: genus unknown
Megachilidae: Osmia sp.
Vespidae: Euodynerus sp.

Araneae
Salticidae: Maevia a



Western Hemisphere ("The Americas") taxon records first on Bug Guide:

Coleoptera
Genus: Aderidae: Euglenes pygmaeus
Species: Ciidae: Octotemnus sp.
Species: Curculionidae: Larinus turbinatus
Species: Latridiidae: Enicmus brevicornis
Species: Nitidulidae: Epuraea ocularis
Genus: Silvanidae: Airaphilus
Genus: Tenebrionidae: Gonocephalum

Diptera
Species: Syrphidae: Myathropa florea

Hemiptera
Genus: Coreidae: Centrocoris variegatus
Genus: Miridae: Bryocoris pteridis
Species: Pyrrhocoridae: Scantius aegyptius

Hymenoptera
Species: Halictidae: Halictus tectus



North American taxon records first on Bug Guide:

Coleoptera
Species: Carabidae: Elaphropus quadrisignatus North America
Species: Coccinellidae: Cycloneda sp.
Species: Latridiidae Dienerella pilifera

Hemiptera
Species: Cicadellidae Deltocephalus nigripennis
Species: Cicadellidae: Eupteryx decemnotata
Species: Cicadellidae: Iassus lanio
Species: Cicadellidae: Protalebrella tertia



Country taxon records first on Bug Guide:

Coleoptera
Species: Carabidae: Apenes parallela, United States
Species: Coccinellidae: Hyperaspis sp., United States
Species: Cryptophagidae: Telmatophilus typhae, United States

Species: Curculionidae: Gerstaeckeria porosa Canada
Species: Curculionidae: Microplontus campestris, United States
Species: Hydrophilidae: Cercyon laminatus Continental United States
Species: Latridiidae: Enicmus histrio United States
Species: Silvanidae: Nausibius sp., United States
Species: Staphylinidae: Atheta novaescotiae United States
Genus: Staphylinidae: Mimogonia sp. United states
Species: Tenebrionidae: Ammodonus fossor, Canada

Diptera

Species: Agromyzidae: Ophiomyia kwansonis United States
Genus: Bombyliidae: Aldrichia ehrmanii Canada
Species: Bombyliidae: Ligyra cerberus US

Hemiptera
Species: Cicadellidae: Balclutha rubrostriata Continental US
Species: Cicadellidae: Idiocerus fulgidus, United States
Species: Membracidae: Philya lowryi United States
Species: Pentatomidae: Pharypia nitidiventris, United States

Hymenoptera
Species: Scoliidae: Campsomeris dorsata, United States

Miscellaneous
Genus: genus not recognized, not known from US (Psocodea: Pseudocaeciliidae), United States
Species: Dicyrtomina ornata according to European taxonomy (Symphypleona, Dicyrtomidae), United States
Species: Ptenothrix flavescens (Symphypleona, Dicyrtomidae), United States
Species: Willowsia platani (Collembola, Entomobryidae)



State/province/region taxon records and range extensions first on Bug Guide:

Coleoptera
Species:
Anthicidae: Acanthinus argentinus South Carolina
Species: Anthicidae: Acanthinus argentinus Mississippi
Species: Anthicidae: Acanthinus argentinus Texas
Species: Buprestidae: Acmaeoderopsis prosopis Nevada
Species: Byrrhidae: Simplocaria semistriata, North Carolina
Species: Carabidae: Apenes lucidula Arizona
Species: Carabidae: Clivina rufa Massachusetts
Species: Carabidae: Elaphropus parvulus, Massachusetts
Species: Carabidae: Lebia variegata Arizona
Species: Carabidae: Paratachys rhodeanus, Massachusetts
Species: Carabidae: Pentagonica picticornis Georgia
Genus: Carabidae: Rhadine lindrothi, North Dakota
Species: Carabidae: Somotrichus unifasciatus North Carolina
Species: Carabidae: Somotrichus unifasciatus, South Carolina
Species: Carabidae: Zuphium americanum Pennsylvania
Species: Cerambycidae: Archodontes melanopus, Utah
Species: Chrysomelidae: Pachybrachis picturatus Georgia
Species: Chrysomelidae: Sphaeroderma testaceum, Quebec
Species: Curculionidae: Anthonomus eugenii, New York
Genus: Curculionidae: Barilepton sp. (known from Mexico, AZ, but undescribed) Texas
Species: Curculionidae: Cryptorhynchus fuscatus, Maine
Species: Curculionidae: Cryptorhynchus helvus Massachusetts
Species: Curculionidae: Glocianus punctiger, California
Species: Curculionidae: Lignyodes helvolus, Oklahoma
Species: Curculionidae: Listronotus debilis, North Dakota
Species: Curculionidae: Listronotus scapularis Louisiana
Species: Curculionidae: Magdalis barbicornis, California
Species: Curculionidae: Micromimus corticalis Virginia
Species: Curculionidae: Otiorhynchus meridionalis, Arizona
Species: Curculionidae: Pandeleteius cinereus, Arizona
Species: Curculionidae: Sitona lineatus, Texas
Species: Curculionidae, Sphenophorus cicatristriatus California
Species: Curculionidae: Sphenophorus coesifrons, California
Species: Curculionidae: Sphenophorus coesifrons Kentucky
Species: Curculionidae: Sphenophorus destructor, Maine
Species: Curculionidae: Tyloderma laporteae, Kentucky
Species: Dermestidae: Megatoma variegata, Montana
Species: Dermestidae: Novelsis aequalis, New England
Genus: Elateridae: Agriotella sp. Saskatchewan
Species: Erotylidae: Tritoma tenebrosa, New England
Species: Eucnemidae: Dromaeolus badius, North Dakota
Species: Histeridae: Bacanius punctiformis, New England
Species: Histeridae: Spilodiscus arcuatus New Brunswick
Genus: Laemophloeidae: Charaphloeus sp., Alberta
Species: Latridiidae: Dienerella pilifera United States
Species: Melandryidae: Microscapha clavicornis Ontario
Species: Melyridae: Attalusinus mexicanus, Texas
Species: Nitidulidae: Glischrochilus vittatus Saskatchewan
Species: Scarabaeidae: Ataenius gracilis, New Hampshire
Species: Scarabaeidae: Cremastocheilus squamulosus, Maryland
Species: Scarabaeidae: Onthophagus taurus, New Hampshire
Species: Scirtidae: Ora discoidea, Texas
Species: Staphylinidae: Coryphium nigrum, Virginia
Species: Staphylinidae: Myrmecosaurus ferrugineus South Carolina
Species: Staphylinidae: Xantholinus linearis New York
Species: Tenebrionidae: Gondwanocrypticus platensis, California
Species: Tenebrionidae: Megeleates sequoiarum, Washington
Species: Tenebrionidae: Pseudocistela brevis, New England
Species: Tenebrionidae: Strongylium crenatum Kentucky
Species: Trogossitidae: Tenebroides bimaculatus, New Hampshire
Species: Tenebrionidae: Uloma retusa west coast of Florida

Hemiptera


Family: Xylococcidae North Carolina
Species: Acanaloniidae: Acanalonia pumila Pennsylvania
Species: Anthocoridae: Amphiareus obscuriceps Massachutetts
Species: Anthocoridae: Amphiareus obscuriceps New Hampshire
Species: Anthocoridae: Amphiareus obscuriceps North Carolina
Species: Anthocoridae: Amphiareus obscuriceps Virginia
Species: Anthocoridae: Amphiareus obscuriceps Rhoad Island
Species: Anthocoridae: Amphiareus obscuriceps Wisconsin
Species: Acanaloniidae: Acanalonia servillei, Texas
Species: Aradidae: Neoproxius gypsatus Alabama
Species: Cercopidae: Aphrophora alni Massachusetts
Species: Cercopidae: Lepyronia coleoptrata, Massachusetts
Species: Cicadellidae: Alconeura dorsalis, Texas
Species: Cicadellidae: Alebra wahlbergi, Tennessee
Species: Cicadellidae: Alebra wahlbergi, Wisconsin
Species: Cicadellidae: Anoscopus serratulae Kentucky
Species: Cicadellidae: Anoscopus serratulae, Montana
Species: Cicadellidae: Arboridia pfrimmeri, North Carolina
Species: Cicadellidae: Balclutha neglecta, West Virginia
Species: Cicadellidae: Draeculacephala savannahae Georgia
Species: Cicadellidae: Draeculacephala septemguttata, Texas
Species: Cicadellidae: Eratoneura stephensoni South Carolina
Species: Cicadellidae: Erythridula similalis South Carolina
Species: Cicadellidae: Flexamia areolata, Massachusetts
Species: CicadellidaeGraphocephala rufimargo Texas
Species: Cicadellidae: Hamana manifesta, Florida
Species: Cicadellidae: Latalus ocellaris West Coast (British Columbia)
Species: Cicadellidae: Macropsis rufocephala, Iowa
Species: Cicadellidae: Mendozellus laredanus Florida
Species: Cicadellidae: Omolicna uhleri, Florida
Species: Cicadellidae: Spangbergiella vulnerata, Iowa
Species: Coccoidea: Phenacoccus aceris Pennsylvania
Species: Delphacidae: Megamelus gracilis, Texas
Species: Delphacidae: Metadelphax wetmorei, Texas
Species: Delphacidae: Stenocranus brunneus, Texas
Species: Flatidae: Cyarda melichari, Texas
Species: Fulgoridae: Poblicia texana, Georgia
Species: Fulgoridae: Sogatella kolophon Quebec
Species: Membracidae: Ceresa stimulea, Northeastern US (Massachusetts)
Species: Membracidae: Tylopelta gibbera, Oklahoma
Species: Miridae: Diphleps unica, Kentucky
Species: Nabidae: Alloeorhynchus trimacula South Carolina
Species: Pentatomidae: Brochymena punctata New England
Species: Pentatomidae: Halymorpha halys, Indiana
Species: Reduviidae: Diaditus tejanus, South Carolina
Species: Tingidae: Alveotingis brevicornis, Oklahoma
Species: Tropiduchidae: Pelitropis rotulata, Texas

Diptera
Species: Asilidae: Andrenosoma igneum Arizona
Species: Clusiidae: Sobarocephala setipes, Texas
Species: Dolichopodidae: Amblypsilopus bicolor, New York
Species: Dolichopodidae: Condylostylus comatus, Connecticut
Species: Dolichopodidae: Condylostylus longicornis, Oklahoma
Species: Dolichopodidae: Condylostylus mundus, Oklahoma
Species: Stratiomyidae: Microchrysa flaviventris, Texas
Species: Tipulidae: Tipula fuliginosa California/Western North America
Species: Xylomylidae: Xylomya americana, New Hampshire

Hymenoptera
Species: ChalcididaeHockeria bicolor Massachusetts
Species: Colletidae: Hylaeus punctatus, Colorado
Species: Formicidae: Pseudomyrmex gracilis, Mississippi
Species: Megachilidae: Anthidium manicatum, California
Species: Megachilidae: Anthidium manicatum, Colorado
Species: Megachilidae: Anthidium manicatum, Illinois
Species: Megachilidae: Anthidium manicatum, Maine
Species: Megachilidae: Coelioxys dolichos, New Jersey
Species: Panurginae: Pseudopanurgus compositarum, Arkansas
Species: Scoliidae: Campsomeris ephippium, Arizona
Species: Tenthredinidae: Adelesta nova, Massachusetts

Lepidoptera
Species: Acrolophidae: Acrolophus cressoni South Carolina
Species: Choreutidae: Prochoreutis inflatella South Carolina
Species: Choreutidae: Tebenna gnaphaliella South Carolina
Species: Crambidae: Loxostege cereralis South Carolina
Species: Erebinae: Drasteria graphica South Carolina
Species: Gelechiidae: Aroga epigaeella South Carolina
Species: Gelechiidae: Strobisia iridipennella South Carolina
Species: Geometridae: Heliomata infulata South Carolina
Species: Gracillariidae: Caloptilia blandella South Carolina
Species: Gracillariidae: Parectopa plantaginisella South Carolina
Species: Gracillariidae: Phyllonorycter mariaeella South Carolina
Species: Limacodidae: Lithacodes gracea South Carolina
Species: Lyonetiidae: Proleucoptera smilaciella South Carolina
Species: Noctuidae: Neogalea sunia South Carolina
Species: Noctuidae: Sympistis badistriga, South Carolina
Species: Oecophoridae: Martyringa latipennis South Carolina
Family: Prodoxidae: Prodoxus decipiens New Hampshire
Species: Pyralidae: Penthesilea sacculalis South Carolina
Species: Pyralidae: Tallula watsoni South Carolina
Species: Tineidae: Homosetia costisignella South Carolina
Species: Tineidae: Niditinea orleansella South Carolina
Species: Tortricidae: Cochylis hospes South Carolina


Miscellaneous
Species: Asiomorpha coarctata (Polydesmida, Paradoxosomatidae), Texas
Family: Brachypanorpa (Mecoptera: Panorpodidae), Washington
Species: Embidopsocus laticeps (Psocodea, Liposcelidae), Texas
Species: Lachesilla michiliensis (Psocodea: Lachesillidae), Texas
Species: Trichadenotecnum circularoides (Psocodea: Psocidae), Alabama



Adult/immature/sex associations first on Bug Guide:

Larva:
Eleates depressus (Coleoptera, Tenebrionidae)
Larva: Dirrhagofarsus sp. (Coleoptera, Eucnemidae)
Nymph: Ponana pectoralis (Hemiptera, Cicadellidae)



Parasite associations first on Bug Guide

Pseudogaurax sp. (Diptera, Chloropidae)in Mimetus puritanus egg sac



Host plant associations first on Bug Guide

Danepteryx manca (Hemiptera, Issidae) on Sequoia sempervirens



Miscellaneous firsts


First discovery of a species' color variety:
Cicadellidae: Stirellus bicolor

First eggs for a taxon recorded in the wild:
Genus: Phymata sp. (Hemiptera, Reduviidae)

First photo(s) published of adult, immature phase, one sex, or key behavior of a taxon:
Immature: Otiocerus wolfii (Hemiptera, Derbidae)

First Web photo(s) published of a living specimen of one phase or sex of a taxon:
Immature: Platypedia sp. (Hemiptera, Cicadidae)
Adult: Esperia sulphurella (Lepidoptera, Oecophoridae)
Immature: Pyramidobela angelarum (Lepidoptera, Elachistidae)

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Not extinct after all

Species: Aztecacris gloriosus (Orthoptera, Acrididae)



Scientific publications referencing Bug Guide:


Aalbu R.L., Kanda K., Steiner W.E., Jr. (2009) Opatroides punctulatus Brullé now established in California (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae). The Pan-Pacific Entomologist 85(2): 38–42 (
Full text)

Androw, R.A. (2012) Expansion of the Known Distribution for Acanthinus argentinus (Pic) (Coleoptera: Anthicidae) in the Southern United States. Coleopterists Bulletin 66(2): 162–163 (Abstract and bibliography)

Brunke A., Newton A., Klimaszewski J., Majka C., Marshall S. (2011) Staphylinidae of Eastern Canada and adjacent United States. Key to subfamilies; Staphylininae: tribes and subtribes, and species of Staphylinina. Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification No. 12 (Online version)

Buck M., Marshall S.A., Cheung D.K.B. (2008) Identification atlas of the Vespidae (Hymenoptera, Aculeata) of the northeastern Nearctic region. Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification 5: 492 pp. (Online version)

Carlson J.C., Fox M.S. (2009) A sticktight flea removed from the cheek of a two-year-old boy from Los Angeles. Dermatology Online Journal 15(1): 4 (Full text)

Freese, E.L. Distribution of Strongylium crenatum (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) in the United States and first record from Iowa. American Entomologist, The Great Lakes Entomologist, 44: 190-195, 2011 (subscription only)

Gibbs J., Sheffield C.S. (2009) Rapid range expansion of the wool-carder bee, Anthidium manicatum (Linnaeus) (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae), in North America. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 82(1): 21-29 (Abstract)

Gilbert, Arthur J., Jennifer Willems, and Janamjeet Sohal (2011) Microtheca ochroloma Stål 1860, a newly introduced leaf beetle to California (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Chrysomelinae) Pan-Pacific Entomologist Jul 2011 : Vol. 87, Issue 3, pg(s) 201-202 doi: 10.3956/2011-24.1

Hall H.G., Ascher J.S. (2010) Surveys of bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila) in natural areas of Alachua County in north-central Florida. Florida Entomologist 93(4): 609-629. [references photo of nesting Megachile] (Full text)

Hamilton, K. G. Andrew. 2011. What We Have Learned from Shutterbugs. American Entomologist, Volume 57 Number 2

MacGown J.A., Hill J.G. (2010) Two new exotic pest ants, Pseudomyrmex gracilis and Monomorium floricola (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) collected in Mississippi. Midsouth Entomologist 3: 106–109 (Full text)

Majka C.G. (2010) The Mycetophagidae (Coleoptera) of the Maritime Provinces of Canada. ZooKeys 64: 9-23 (Full text)

Majka C.G., Langor D. (2011) The Oedemeridae (Coleoptera) of Atlantic Canada. J. Acad. Entomol. Soc. 7: 1-6 (Full text)

S.A. Marshall (2008) Field photography and the democratization of arthropod taxonomy. American Entomologist 54(4): 207-210 (Full text)

Messer, Peter W. (2011) Pseudaptinus (Thalpius) nobilis Liebke, new to the United States, and a key to the species of subgenus Thalpius LeConte in North America, including Mexico (Coleoptera, Carabidae, Zuphiini) ZOOKEYS 147: 419–424 (Full text)

Scott, Virginia L., John S. Ascher, Terry Griswold, César R. Nufio. 2011. The Bees of Colorado (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila). Natural History Inventory of Colorado. Number 23: vi + 100 pp. (free PDF download)

Steiner W.E. (2011) North American Crypticini are mostly South American, and spreading Coleoptera:Tenebrionidae). ESA 58th Annual Meeting (Dec. 12-15, 2010) (Abstract)

Strange, J.P., Koch, J.B., Gonzalez, V.H., Nemelka, L., Griswold, T.L. 2011. Global invasion by Anthidium manicatum (Linnaeus) (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae): assessing potential distribution in North America and beyond. Biological Invasions. DOI 10.1007/s10530-011-0030-y. (summary and abstract)

Tonietto R.K., Ascher J.S. (2009) Occurrence of the Old World bee species Hylaeus hyalinatus, Anthidium manicatum, A. oblongatum, and Megachile sculpturalis, and the native species Coelioxys banksi, Lasioglossum michiganense, and L. zophops in Illinois (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Colletidae, Halictidae, Megachilidae). The Great Lakes Entomologist 41: 200-203 (Full text)

Wagner D.L., Schweitzer D.F., Sullivan J.B., Reardon R.C. (2011) Owlet caterpillars of eastern North America. Princeton University Press. 576 pp. In press.

Wheeler, Terry Crowdsourcing flies: diving into BugGuide. Lyman Entomological Museum on wordpress.com (May 21, 2012) (Full text)

Wolf A.T., Ascher J.S. (2009) Bees of Wisconsin (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila). The Great Lakes Entomologist 41: 129-168 (Full text)

Zahniser, J.N., S.J. Taylor, and J.K. Krejca. (2011) First reports of the invasive grass-feeding leafhopper Balclutha rubrostriata (Melichar) (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) in the United States. Entomological News 121(2): 132-138. (Abstract)



Bug Guide in the popular media

Shahan, Thomas Invaluable Tips for the Macro Photographer (PHOTOS) Huffington Post (April 16, 2012)

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Government agencies posting on Bug Guide

Washington State Department of Agriculture Entomology Lab



Bug Guide users who are PhD entomologists, PhD students in entomology, or recognized academic authorities in entomology

Kenneth Ahlstrom
Robert Anderson
Gevork Arakelian
John Ascher
Thomas Atkinson
Kevin Barber
Brad Barnd
Joshua Basham
Keith Bayless
Victoria Bayless
Robert Beiriger
Chuck Bellamy
Emilie Bess
Paul Beuk
Wes Bicha
Orland Blanchard Jr.
Jason Botz
Clive Bowman
Matthew Bowser
Jeff Bradshaw
Brian Brown
Adam Brunke
Matthias Buck
Boris Bueche
Matt Buffington
Zack Burington
Rob Cannings
Robert Carlson
Chris Carlton
Michael Caterino
Don Chandler
Joe Cicero
Hans Clebsch
Ken Collins
Ben Coulter
Greg Courtney
Gregory Curler
Anthony Deczynski
Jacob den Heyer
Torsten Dikow
Jason Dombroskie
Daniel Duran
Charley Eiseman
Taro Eldredge
John Epler
Art Evans
Zack Falin
Nick Fensler
Mike Ferro
Eric Fisher
Jason Forbes
George Foster
Steve Gaimari
Gary Gibson
Joel Gibson
Matt Gimmel
Christine Goforth
Jesús Gómez-Zurita
Chris Grinter
Jeff Gruber
Dennis Haines
Andy Hamilton
Guy Hanley
Phillip Harpootlian
Martin Hauser
Marshal Hedin
John Heraty
Chris Ho
Frans Janssens
Andrew Jensen
Joshua Jones
Fran Keller
Jonas King
Joel Kits
Victor Kolyada
Valery Korneyev
D.A. La_Rue
Norman Lavers
John Leavengood
Dennis Lehmkuhl
James Liebherr
Jongok Lim
Tim Loh
Owen Lonsdale
Cristiano Lopes-Andrade
Nathan Lord
Stephen Luk
Ted MacRae
David Maddison
Crystal Maier
Christofer Majka
György Makranczy
Adriean Mayor
Tommy McElrath
Tristan McKnight
Javier Mercado
Laura Miller
Mark Muegge
Bill Murphy
Tom Murray
Alfred Newton
Allen Norrbom
Jane O’Donnell
Charlie O'Brien
Barry O'Connor
John Oswald
Robert Otto
Steve Paiero
Thomas Pape
MJ Paulsen
Gerard Pennards
Claude Pilon
Marc Pollet
Ovidiu Popovici
Emilian Pricop
Heather Proctor
Herschel Raney
Brady Richards
David Rider
Ed Riley
Roger Rohrbeck
Joshua Rose
Dave Ruiter
Bjoern Rulik
Jade Savage
Kyle Schnepp
Michael Schwartz
Rowland Shelley
Andrew Short
Paul Skelley
Jeff Skevington
Aaron D. Smith, AMNH
Dave Smith
Gordon Snelling
Villu Soon
John Stanard
Gary Steck
Warren Steiner
Charles Stephen
Ian Stocks
Daniel Swanson
Ian Swift
Steve Taylor
Margaret Thayer
Mike Thomas
Chris Thompson
Alexey Tishechkin
James Trager
Edward Trammel
John VanDyk
Isabelle Vea
George Waldren
Dave Walter
Bill Warner
Sam Wells
Rick Westcott
Alex Wild
Kipling Will
Kevin Williams
Isaac Winkler
Shaun Winterton
Charlene Wood
Norm Woodley
Andrzej Woznica
Jonathan Wright
Doug Yanega
Andrew Young
Dan Young
Chen Young
Artjom Zaitsev

-Credit and blame to V. Belov for providing this list. I've deleted one entry and added another but there are inevitable mistaken omissions and inclusions to be corrected. Please clue me in as needed.


Another reference to BugGuide
appears in the acknowledgment section of the following article on North American Thalpius. There the reader is invited to monitor updates posted at a given BugGuide address.

Jim, have you now gotten enough material from us to generate interest for a Latin American BugGuide among potential developers?

 
Hi Peter,
I may have enough ammunition but I think Belov and others may want to keep this section going awhile longer. Belov has suggested improvements to make the lists more user-friendly and more standardized in format. Also, until I actually make my pitch for funding and hosting the site I would like to make the lists even more impressive.

 
An article?
It may belong in the Articles section. If it was made more user-friendly, it would be great.
It is good to keep adding to it for several reasons; some updates may turn out to be even more significant than the ones already here. I know how hard it is to keep updating an article, but it is worth it.

New paper reference
Androw, R.A. 2012. Expansion of the Known Distribution for Acanthinus argentinus (Pic) (Coleoptera: Anthicidae) in the Southern United States. Coleopterists Bulletin 66(2): 162–163.

Cites the three new state records listed above.

 
Thanks, Michael.
Adding now.

Under misc
You have Brachypanorpa listed as a new family for a range extension- think you meant genus.

 
Hi Andrew,
I do make mistakes on a regular basis but after reviewing the post in question I think it's fair to say that "Family" is correct. Consider this from the info page: "5 spp. of a single genus in the New World, all restricted to the US; another genus (4 spp.) in Korea and Japan(1)," and this from Belov's comment about about what authority N.D. Penny says, "There are three western U.S. species of Brachypanorpa known, all of which look very similar and need to be examined closely for identification. None of them have been recorded from the state of Washington, so no matter what this species is, it is at least a new state record."

 
Ack, shoot
You're right. I can't read. For some dumb reason, I read it as Panorpidae rather than Panorpodidae. Apologies.

just a heads-up
The link under "undescribed taxa" for "Megachilidae: Osmia sp." goes to a blank page.

 
Image removed?
I checked the URL in my source code and it's the same as in this comment by John S. Ascher of 16 April, 2011:

"The first images of an undescribed bee (these photos will be included in description now in prep.): http://bugguide.net/node/view/381156/bgimage"

I also tried putting 381156 into the search box. Because all attempts went to a blank page I have to conclude that the image has been frassed or removed by the poster.

Anyone can post on Bug Guide and anyone can un-post their material for any reason. As one extreme example, prolific ex-contributor Richard Lareau was offended by the comments and frassings of some of his images by a newly added Bug Guide editor and decided to remove all his images from the site, including some ground-breaking work in Strepsiptera. (Note to new editors. Take stock of a contributor's over-all contribution to the site before frassing. If their contribution is significant, be VERY POLITE.)

In the case of the bee in question, I expect John recorded the poster's name and we may be able to get the image re-posted.

This paper describes -
a significant range extension of an exotic beetle, first found on BG in CA:

Microtheca ochroloma Stål 1860, a newly introduced leaf beetle to California (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Chrysomelinae)
Arthur J. Gilbert, Jennifer Willems, and Janamjeet Sohal
Pan-Pacific Entomologist Jul 2011 : Vol. 87, Issue 3, pg(s) 201-202 doi: 10.3956/2011-24.1

 
Thanks, Ken.
Just added it.

First North American record of "Elaphropus quadrisignatus"
is tentatively posted on BugGuide here. BugGuide serves as a platform for others to accept or refute difficult species identifications, in this case, potentially the first "Elaphopus quadrisignatus" reported in North America. BugGuide posts of this kind are bound to stimulate the quest for specimen corroboration among our North American colleagues who manage private or institutional collections.

Expansion of known range
See Brad Barnd's comment here: http://bugguide.net/node/view/647935

 
Entering today.
Thanks John.

another publication
(1) references BugGuide images.

Another range expansion

 
Entering today.
Thanks Tom. I'm looking to get 'em all posted today.

New state record for Massachusetts
Clusiodes caestus Clusiidae, Diptera

Terry Wheeler blogging about BugGuide

Acanthinus argentinus - new TX record

 
i've notified Jim of this one...
... + two other state records of that sp. (SC, MS)

News Stories
Have you thought about collecting News Stories (online and print) that discuss or mention BG? Here's an example (perhaps not the best but a recent one)

Thomas Shahan "Invaluable Tips for the Macro Photographer" Huffington Post Blog, 04/16/2012 (accessed 05/02/12).

v belov suggested to bring up this idea here. I personally believe it would be interesting/fun to read some of these stories. They would also contribute to the main "mission" of your thread. Of course it depends on the funding source but many agencies want to see a strong "outreach/broader impact" section. As you probably know, the NSF asks reviewers for two statements: intellectual merit and broader impact. In my opinion, BG would outperform ALL other proposals in the latter category. A possible proposal could also be organized around the idea to study BG and its contributors as a successful example of "citizen-based research" (demographics, user statistics, growth curves, case studies, educational impact on and beyond entomology). Anyway, the news stories would be helpful to document the impact on society, so you might want to consider adding them.

 
Good point about NSF funding.
In fact, a BG for South America could wind up being funded by NSF. I was leaning against popular media listings but am now leaning toward them. This would be a good subject for a periodic Nexus search if anyone would like to undertake it. We could have missed scores, maybe hundreds of mentions already.

image of undescribed (new) bee species
http://bugguide.net/node/view/619177

Also "Osmia sp." is now described as Osmia calaminthae

Forgot about this guy(Barilepton sp.)
I sent the specimen to Dr. Prena, and he confirmed that is an undescribed species. Also the first record of the genus in the US.
Edit: Barilepton has also been recorded in SE Arizona, so it's just a state record for the genus(besides being an undescribed species).

Another
New record for continent, apparently:

new to U.S.
This staphy is tentatively ID'd as Mimogonia, a South American genus not previously known from the U.S.


 
wow.

New to North America
This looks like the first documented Cercyon laminatus for North America.

chryso
Pachybrachis picturatus: USA: GA

Another paper
(1) I don't think they mention BugGuide, but it includes quite a few records collected by Tom Murray, which I would assume were from specimens he sent to Adam for photo-vouchering.

New bee species from Fl published here:
http://www.pensoft.net/journals/zookeys/article/1497/abstract/osmia-species-hymenoptera-megachilidae-from-the-southeastern-united-states-with-modified-facial-hairs-taxonomy-host-plan

 
Not a first sighting
Update: it seems that Eupteryx decemnotata isn't a new kid on the block after all.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/511381#1054386

First U.S. record

 
Thanks, Tom.
Just adding to list today.

Syrphid
I'm not sure there's anything notable enough here to qualify for your project, but please see the first comment under this image:

I sent high-res photos to Dr. Skevington. He hasn't said what species he thinks this fly is.

 
Please,
Let me know, too. V. bombylans is an introduced species. If this turns out to be a different and closely related species, I need to know. It may be another non-native to add to my list. I hope that Dr. Skevington lets us know soon.

 
Are you expecting to hear back from him?
It could turn out to be an undescribed species or a first published photo...

 
I did hear back
He says the taxonomy of this species is a mess and he can't be sure about my fly until he sees the type specimen of what he suspects it is. He'll keep us posted.

Ladybug
First and only images in the web or so I am told.

 
According to whom?
I thought there might be a comment under one of the images or on the info page but not so...

 
Facebook bugguide
Abby mentioned that in the Facebook BG group

 
Listed, then removed.
See V. Belov's comment below. Mike Quinn loads his pics on Picasa first, then brings some over to Bug Guide.

 
And here it is:
Abigail Marceluk Parker
This is the first photograph EVER of the lady beetle Hyperaspis wickhami, and of course it's on BugGuide - thanks to Mike Quinn!
http://bugguide.net/node/view/593159

Good enough!

 
Ed Riley, Mike Quinn and others at Texas A&M
have been intensively surveying extreme south Texas for beetles for years (a decade?) and have found a treasure trove down there. A handful of their discoveries include species that were previously known from only the holotype, or fewer than five specimens, or haven't been collected in 50+ years. I'd contact Mike Quinn -- I think there are quite a few of these "photo firsts" that he has posted on BG.

 
Mike Quinn uploads all of his pix on Picasa first,
...then posts selected items on BG

 
Bummer!
Well, it saves me the work of posting them on my list but it's no help for the Bug Guide Firsts list :-[

 
"Photo firsts"
list would be quite long, I would think. Consider all the species now represented on BugGuide and how many of those were probably the first time they were represented online. Mike would definitely have a lot of photos on the list, especially with all the interesting species in Texas.

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