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Bug Guide firsts list for Latin American Bug Guide project

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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.


The Secret Life of Flies (book)
Several BG images now appear in The Secret Life of Flies(1), by Erica McAlister. I've included thumbnail links to them in the linked Books entry. Please let me know if you find any more so I can add them.

recent paper extensively citing BG
(1)

mis-ID
Protalebrella tertia was a mis-ID, as indicated in new comments on the earliest image, so whenever the list of "North American taxon records first on Bugguide" is updated, that species should be removed.

As for the BG "records"
and not the real records as posted in my first two comments, here are the ones I could find.
As far as I know, this is the only BG record for Menemerus bivittatus eating M. bivittatus. I am not sure if it is a real record or not, but i'm sure it has been observed before. The pictures are a bit underexposed though.
Not sure if this one is a BG first or not
First BG record for Leiobunum aldrichi in TN
First BG record for Acronicta fragilis in TN
First BG record for Elasmucha lateralis in TN
First BG records for Leiobunum calcar in NC
First BG record for Epiphragma solatrix in TN

 
Joe, I don't think this topic
Joe, I don't think this topic is intended to include things like this. It's only for what you are calling "real records," such as the ones in your previous two comments, and other things described in the original post.

 
whoops,
I confused the range extensions first on BugGuide part.
Man, I wish they would add the option to delete comments instead of editing them. For some reason, it won't let me edit that comment.

and this is
the first record of Gilpinia hercyniae in TN

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This is the first record of Dipogon graenicheri graenicheri preying on Anasaitis canosa

Thaumastocoris
This was apparently the first U.S. record:

North American taxon record first on Bug Guide
Eulimnadia geayi

Harmonia quadripunctata from Massachusetts
To my knowledge the first state record of this adventitive (evidently now a colonist):


New Rhode Island Species Records
These are the species I've found on Block Island that appear to be first RI records. New carabid records are those not found in Bousquet's 2012 checklist(1). The other beetles included here are those species that aren't listed in The Beetle Fauna of Rhode Island: An Annotated Checklist by Derek Sikes, 2004.(2) New caddisfly records are those species not found in the Distributional Checklist of Nearctic Trichoptera.

Coleoptera:

Otiorhynchus singularis, Ischyrus quadripunctatus, Cyclocephala borealis, Notoxus planicornis, Megalodacne fasciatus, Odonteus sp., Cymindis neglecta, Berosus aculeatus, Contacyphon "sp. 2", Sapintus pusillus, Pentaria trifasciata, Donacia proxima, Oedophrys hilleri, Nicagus obscurus, Trachyphloeus sp., Trox capillaris, Cafius aguayoi, Belonuchus sp., Omophron labiatum, Cregya oculata, Perapion curtirostre, Tachyusa sp., Bembidion impotens, Stenocrepis duodecimstriata

Trichoptera:

Oxyethira forcipata, Oxyethira zeronia, Platycentropus radiatus, Limnephilus ornatus, Oecetis inconspicua, Oecetis cinerascens, Triaenodes aba, Plectrocnemia crassicornis

Diptera:

Leptocera erythrocera

Hymenoptera:

Compsobraconoides sp.

 
Well done!
This is impressive!

TX state records

Monorachis sordulentus, Pegomya rufescens, Ophiomyia camarae

new paper citing BugGuide data
Ferro & Flick 2015. "Collection Bias" and the importance of natural history collections in species habitat modeling: a case study using Thoracophorus costalis Erichson (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Osoriinae), with a critique of GBIF.org. The Coleopterists Bulletin 69(3): 415-425.

Nicocles x Iowa

Is this still active?
Just wondering. It hasn't been updated since July 2013. I like the concept but it might be difficult for a single person to maintain. Is there a way we can enable other editors to work on it?

 
I very much agree.
After such long inactivity in the introductory section of this page, I wonder how much good this forum has done to evoke a Latin American counterpart to our North American BugGuide.net? Although BugGuide "firsts" deposted here are interesting and should continue, do we really need to keep "Latin American" in the title?

 
I agree as well.
On 31 July 2014 I basically asked the same (see a couple of post down) since I reside in South America. I never got any reply to my question.

Cephaloon: genus record for Yukon Territory

worth mentioning because these are large insects that frequent flowers, and that's by far the best photo-sampled category of arthropods -- plus the Canadian beetle fauna is exceedingly well-inventoried
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i know of well over a hundred unreported province/state records scattered all over the guide (beetles, Hemiptera, Tachinidae, Neuroptera, many other sections) but haven't kept track for a long time because it's a very common occurrence and, frankly, not a big deal

 
New locality records
Agreed, but on the other hand BugGuide records are useful in documenting the ranges of poorly known taxa. The best example of this, which I'm surprised hasn't made this list yet, is Caloptilia triadicae, as discussed in these two papers:

Fox, Mark, Rebecca Hazen, Gregory S. Wheeler and Donald R. Davis. 2012. Using internet images to gather distributional data for a newly discovered Caloptilia species (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae) specializing on Chinese tallow in North America. American Entomologist 58(1):32-35.

Davis, Donald R., Mark S. Fox, and Rebecca F. Hazen. 2013. Systematics and biology of Caloptilia triadicae (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae), a new species of leaf-mining moth of the invasive Chinese tallow tree (Triadica sebifera (L.) Euphorbiaceae). Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society 67(4):281-290.

From the former: "In September, 2009, a photograph of the moth was submitted on BugGuide.net from Davidson County, Tennessee. This was a particularly exciting piece of information because at that time, not only was this the northernmost record by almost 500 km, but there were no reports of naturalized or invasive Chinese tallow trees from Tennessee. Chinese tallow tree has since been reported in Tennessee from Davidson and Montgomery Counties." And from the latter (in the acknowledgments): "The contributors to
Bugguide.net were instrumental in documenting the temporal and spatial distribution of C. triadicae in the southeastern U.S., and we are particularly grateful to Steven Bren, Mark Dreiling, and Robert Lord Zimlich, whose photographs were reproduced or cited in this paper."

Also, in a soon-to-be-published paper Dave Smith and I put together on Nefusa ambigua, we cite BugGuide records that expand the known range of the species.

 
yes, BG is very important as a tool to track obscure imports -- fresh examples of discoveries i'm rather proud of are:

(Rick Hoebeke agrees with the first one, i got a note from him minutes ago)

on the other hand, when i notified experts here and there of sightings (sometimes numerous and routine) that substantially expand the cataloged ranges, the reaction was often rather lukewarm, like, yeah, well, the distribution of Xxx [say, tachinids, tipulids, hoppers...] is in general poorly documented, don't you bother -- and i totally get it, people have tons of unpublished records sitting in museum collections and specialists' notes, handwritten and otherwise, that may cover the proverbial football fields and fill olympic pools or whatever.
as someone who deals with gallmakers, miners, and their intricate parasitoid fauna, you would know how bleak the situation really is -- a peek into the Chalcidoidea DB will show that over 90% of the species have utterly dismal distr. records, something along the lines of "Luxemburg; Kentucky; Trinidad; Sri Lanka" (or worse).
our ignorance of hosts in way too many cases is appalling.
not to mention the fact that the leading experts can't even tell how many mite families occur in America.
still, people get all worked out about butterfly county records, for chrissake.

of course, it always warms my heart to see BG prominently mentioned in sci papers, which happens all the time these days. i know we're up to something here, no question

New host relationship for this spider wasp
Kurczewski, F.E., Edwards G.B. (2012) Hosts, Nesting Behavior, and Ecology of Some North American Spider Wasps (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae). Southeastern Naturalist 11(m4):1-71. (abstract)

references this BG record:



which is a new host family for the wasp species, and only its 2nd known host record.

2 undescribed Diptera first seen on Bugguide

article citing BG provincial records
(1)

northwesten range extension & state record

Orchestes alni: Nebraska & Oklahoma state records


also, BG data used in(1) (see bottom of O. alni entry)

New in described species update
The Osmia new sp was described as O. calaminthae (see guide page for that)

I didn't check all posts, but
is there any progress on the original purpose of compiling this list of BG novelties? A neotropical version of BG?

I'm asking this because I just created a forum (including ID section) regarding the nature of the three Guianas myself. A much narrower geographic scope and a much wider taxonomic range than envisioned by Jim McClarin, and also more a forum and less a database, but still...

For those wondering: have a look.

 
After 5,5 months
I still don't have an answer to my question: is there any progress on the original purpose of compiling this list of BG novelties? A neotropical version of BG?

New records for the exotic Osmia cornifrons
IL, MI, OR

First state record
Pityococcus rugulosus:

... and first record of second larval cyst covering (see Remarks).

New bumble bee species for OK
Bombus morrisoni

http://bugguide.net/node/view/852161/bgimage

The OK record for griseocollis also seems to be new

New bee species for TN
Svastra atripes

http://bugguide.net/node/view/829218/bgimage

Ceresa taurina: WA state record
(1)

paper to add
(1): "We first discovered John’s excellent photo of Sericomyia chalcopyga on BugGuide..."

New state record

Canada country record, apparently

New species
Undescribed species. Photo will be used on description

 
it should be made clear that the discovery was not made...
...from a posted photo, so the new species cannot be credited to BG --they just want to use the photo in their paper

Paragonatas divergens: Texas state record

another nice find by Mike Quinn

Publication based on moth in Bugguide
This rarely seen moth Ethmia monachella led to an article

"Matthew and I just published a short note about this species in the latest issue of the News of the Lepidopterists' Society (v.55 #3)" … Chris Grinter

State record for Anteon masoni

Author Yves Bousquet (2012) credits a BugGuide discussion
in Catalogue of Geadephaga for the taxonomic placement of Selenophorus perpolitus Casey in synonymy with Athrostictus punctatulus (Putzeys). On page 1136 Bousquet specifically cites "http://bugguide.net/node/view/204062" for that discussion

New scientific publication mentioning BugGuide
In the acknowledgments of this paper on hackberry gall midges (1): "Charley Eiseman. . . sent us galls and photographs of galls from the Midwest and Vermont and marshalled further help from a group of naturalists mostly connected through BugGuide.Net, all of whom sent galls and/or photographs." Several BugGuide contributors are then listed. See here for a little more information.

 
Not vexing, galling! ;-)
Nice mention!

An undescribed bee species:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/826110/bgimage

New Wisconsin state records for genus Peponapis
and for the species P. pruinosa:

http://bugguide.net/node/view/687337

http://bugguide.net/node/view/662822

http://bugguide.net/node/view/681829

First MN record for Anthidium oblongatum
http://bugguide.net/node/view/804727

WI, IA, IN, and MI records for this species may also all be new (as far as I can tell).

Furthermore, IA and IN records for A. manicatum may be new as well (as far as I can tell).

Clearly Bugguide is important for monitoring these species.

Megachile sculpturalis - first Maine record
and NE range extension

http://bugguide.net/node/view/683205