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John van der Linden, Contributor
Full name:
John van der Linden
E-mail address:
johnbvdl *AT* gmail
City, state, country:
Decorah, Iowa, USA

I like to investigate and document insects' life histories and in particular their relationships with plants, other invertebrates, and birds. My focus as a volunteer for BugGuide is to help document interesting behaviors, seldom-seen life stages, and underrepresented taxa. I do this via both field observation and rearing. It feels good to take pictures of an insect and then release it, so I have spent a lot of time developing live insect photography setups, including a couple of "bug scopes" fashioned from scrap wood, PVC, old lenses, etc.

I'll wholeheartedly credit MJ Hatfield and Joel Dunnette for introducing me to BugGuide, by enlisting me to help photograph and rear a micro-moth found at Weaver Dunes that now appears to be an undescribed species. As my mentor and collaborator, MJ has also invited me afield many times, and provided me with the supplies and coaching needed to coax me into retaining and mounting specimens and sharing my findings on Bugguide.