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v belov, Contributing Editor
E-mail address:
vmarfus {at} gmail
Contact:
Do not hesitate to write; make sure to include links to the item(s) in question. I may disregard Qs about household insects and take my time to reply.
City, state, country:
Maplewood, NJ
Biography:

MS in entomology. Familiar with many groups of Palaearctic beetles and true bugs, with a nerdy bias towards tiny arthropods and otherwise obscure, uncharismatic taxa. I tend to stay away from those groups where one may expect species to have common names or subspecies. Most of what I know about the Nearctic fauna I owe to this site and people I have met here.

 •  I do not...
      ...automatically subscribe to submissions I comment: please contact me directly if you see any of your specific questions unanswered for at least two weeks
      ...take data points into consideration when deciding to frass images, unless they reflect unpublished state records or expand BG data considerably; records should be based on preserved specimens; photographs are not sufficient evidence
      ...keep a collection (no exchange offers please)
      ...read remarks over 10-words long
 •  I tend not to comment on...
      ...images showing common insects, esp. large ones
      ...images from contributors with no contact info in their profile
      ...organisms’ pest status

Useful BG sources: Experts | Markup | Online taxonomy references | Where Do I Post It? | Measurement | Photo voucher program
BG Wish Lists: Aquatic Orders | Heteroptera | Coleoptera | Families, major orders
How collected specimens should look (Ted MacRae's collection) | Example of a dedicated collecting effort (3,500 beetle spp. found in a single county by Karl Stephan)

"Wunderlich, höchst wunderlich," sprach der Doktor und versank in stummes Nachdenken. "Der Käferkönig," fuhr er dann fort, "der Käferkönig kann es nicht sein, denn der ist, wie ich gewiss weiss, eben jetzt anderswo beschäftigt; Spinnenmarschall auch nicht, denn Spinnenmarschall ist zwar hässlich, aber verständig und geschickt, lebt auch von seiner Hände Arbeit, ohne sich andrer Taten anzumassen. - Wunderlich - sehr wunderlich."
"For every complex problem, there is a straightforward solution that is clear, concise, and incorrect."

The images I post are not mine (see copyright info under each one), and I cannot authorize their use. Please contact copyright owners with your requests.

I also post images on behalf of other persons and institutions from several proxy accounts:
Mike Quinn | Alex Wild | Alexey Tishechkin | Louisiana State Arthropod Museum
Any errors in the original submission forms are mine.
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I immensely appreciate the generosity of those who make their photographs available online for everybody to use, no strings attached. This is the right thing to do, a priceless service to science and education and a great example to others. There are lots of quality images that people took great pains to produce so we can use them freely and fill the gaps in the guide. Special thanks to those who go out of their way to take pictures for BugGuide upon my requests. I must name names, and I will.

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