Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Aaron Hunt, Contributing Editor
Full name:
Aaron Hunt
City, state, country:
Block Island, Rhode Island
Biography:

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 image submission:

For all my submissions from Block Island, Rhode Island (97.8% 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 continental record:


Otiorhynchus crataegi

Apparent new state records:

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, Clivina acuducta

Trichoptera:

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

Diptera:

Leptocera erythrocera, Ostracophyto flavicaudis, Opacifrons maculifrons

Hymenoptera:

Compsobraconoides sp.

Hemiptera:

Melanaethus robustus

New arthropods for the guide:

Chelicerata:

Pantopoda:

Callipallene brevirostris

Hexapoda:

Oxyethira forcipata, Contarinia undescribed sp., Stigmella myricafoliella, Donacia proxima, Psorosina hammondi, Ateloglossa sp., Mesites subcyljndricus, Hypocharassus pruinosus, Nanomyina barbata, Thinophilus prasinus, Elipsocus pumilis, Melanotus sagittarius, Oxyethira zeronia, Compsobraconoides sp., Trioxys sp., Aleiodes aciculatus, Glabellula crassicornis, Melanaethus robustus, Amoebaleria sackeni, Oecothea specus, Dimecoenia spinosa, Cirrula gigantea

Crustacea:

Diplostraca:

Penilia avirostris, Podon leuckartii

Calanoida:

Calanidae Gen. sp., Acartia sp.

Poecilostomatoida (new order for the guide):

Sapphirina sp., Oncaea sp.

Sessilia:

Coronula diadema

Lepadiformes (new order):

Conchoderma auritum

Decapoda:

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

Amphipoda:

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.

Isopoda:

Idotea metallica, Sphaeroma sp.

Tanaidacea:

Tanais dulongii, Leptochelia rapax