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Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Photos from the 2010 Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa

Photos from the 2009 gathering in Washington

Ray Fisher, Contributing Editor
Full name:
Ray Fisher
E-mail address:
jrfisher "at"
City, state, country:
Fayetteville, AR, USA

I'm a postdoc at the University of Arkansas studying arthropod evolution and morphology. Currently, I am researching Parasitengona, the velvet mites, water mites, chiggers, and their relatives. However, I am fascinated by natural history in general and have developed interests in other arthropods, such as spiders, parasitic Hymenoptera, lower flies, aquatic insects, and terrestrial crustaceans.

I am in need of velvet mite specimens from many regions, so if you find some and wish to help out, please let me know.