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Aaron Hunt, Contributing Editor
Full name:
Aaron Hunt
City, state, country:
Block Island, Rhode Island

I'm a first-year undergraduate student at Vanderbilt University. Since August 2014, I've been on a mission to identify as many animals on Block Island as I can. As of this writing (8/18/16), I'm at 1335 species. My focus has gradually moved to insects specifically, of which I've identified 1033 species in 236 familes. My tally for Lepidoptera is 455 species; for Coleoptera, 244; Diptera, 93; Hymenoptera, 88; Hemiptera, 83; and other orders, 70.

As an editor, I mostly check ID Request, looking especially at moth images, and all crustacean submissions. I check recent images of crustaceans every day and aim to comment on all crustacean images (excluding those correctly placed to species and those of oniscideans, ostracods, branchiopods, and crayfish) within a few days of their submission. My goal is to have all such submissions identified to species where possible.

My conventions in moving images:

Starting several months ago, I began adding the taxon name to the title of my comments for moves to genus or species. If I haven't added this notation when moving an image identified by someone else in a previous comment, it means I haven't personally verified the ID and am moving the image on the basis of the previous ID. When moving to genus, if I include only the generic epithet in my comment, I either believe someone else could identify the image to species or am not sure whether such an ID is possible. If I add "sp." after the genus name in my comment, I believe the image I've moved can't be identified further.

My conventions in image submission:

For all my submissions from Block Island, Rhode Island (98.0% of all my images in the guide), "City/Location" is given as simply "Block Island." Some more specific location data is given in the "remarks" field:

"At lights" refers to insects found at my porch lights at night. I don't include this remark for my moth images: it is implied unless otherwise noted.

"Beach" refers to Crescent Beach unless a more specific description is given.

Specimens without any more specific location given (excluding those of moths; see above) are in almost all cases either from my yard or the Clay Head Trail.

Apparent new state records:


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


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


Leptocera erythrocera


Compsobraconoides sp.

New arthropods for the guide:



Callipallene brevirostris


Oxyethira forcipata

Contarinia undescribed sp.

Stigmella myricafoliella

Donacia proxima

Psorosina hammondi

Ateloglossa sp.

Mesites subcylindricus

Hypocharassus pruinosus

Nanomyina barbata

Thinophilus prasinus

Elipsocus pumilis

Melanotus sagittarius

Oxyethira zeronia

Compsobraconoides sp.

Trioxys sp.

Aleiodes aciculatus

Glabellula crassicornis



Penilia avirostris, Podon leuckartii


Calanidae Gen. sp., Acartia sp.

Poecilostomatoida (new order for the guide):

Sapphirina sp., Oncaea sp.


Coronula diadema

Lepadiformes (new order):

Conchoderma auritum


Polyonyx gibbesi, Pinnixa chaetopterana, Dyspanopeus sayi, Palaemonetes vulgaris, Palaemonetes pugio


Calliopius laeviusculus, Caprella mutica, Aeginina longicornis, Monocorophium cylindricum, Crangonyx gracilis, Gammarus mucronatus, Gammarus locusta, Jassa marmorata, Ericthonius rubricornis, Americorchestia longicornis, Platorchestia platensis, Unciola sp., Haustorius canadensis, Amphiporeia virginiana, Phronima sp.


Idotea metallica, Sphaeroma sp.


Tanais dulongii, Leptochelia rapax