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Mike Quinn, Contributing Editor
Full name:
Mike Quinn
E-mail address:
512-577-0250 (cell)
City, state, country:
Austin, Texas, USA

BugGuide Contributor since 16 December, 2005
Posted first photo here on 26 September, 2006

Among the top photo contributors to,
my 12,000th image was posted May 2, 2016,
my 11,000th image was posted Apr. 25, 2015,
my 10,000th image was posted Apr. 19, 2014,
my 9,000th image was posted Aug. 11, 2013,
my 8,000th image was posted Aug. 17, 2012 and
my 7,000th image was posted Nov. 20, 2011.

I've initiated over 2,000 Guide Pages, contributed to thousands of more pages and have
posted photographs of over a quarter of Texas' estimated 7,500 beetle species.

With limited exceptions, all live insects photographed against a white background were collected and deposited in the Texas A&M University Insect Collection (TAMUIC)
I do not have a personal insect collection. The majority of my early beetle photographs were determined by Edward G. Riley who has been a friend and entomological mentor since 1992.

Photos of MAQ:

Photo Equipment/Techniques:

After over two and a half decades as a Nikon-o-phile, on January 9, 2009, I traded in all my Nikon gear for a Canon set up that included Canon's seminal MP-E 65mm 1-5x Macro Lens.

Overview of the photo techniques I'm currently using

Select Quinn-created websites or content:

Travis County Beetle Survey - Annotated List of Travis County Beetles

Buprestids of Texas
Coccinellids of Texas
Clerids of Texas
Cerambycids of Texas
Chrysomelids of Texas
Review of North American Cryptocephalus spp.
Pachybrachis Beetles of Texas
Important Texas Beetle Resources
Photos of Beetle Collecting Techniques
Illustrated Beetle Inventory of the Sabal Palm Sanctuary - Edward G. Riley & Michael A. Quinn

States I've conducted surveys in:

Alabama, Arizona, Iowa, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin.


2000 - M.Sc. in Entomology - Texas A&M University, College Station
1993 - B.Sc. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences - Texas A&M University, College Station

Thesis title:

Quinn, M.A. 2000. Abundance and distribution of potential arthropod prey species in a typical Golden-cheeked Warbler habitat. Unpublished Thesis. Texas A&M University, College Station. ix + 182 pp.

Extensive Thesis Information [Cite:447690

Select Work History:

Curatorial Assistant, Unversity of Texas Insect Collection, Austin, 2016-217
Entomologist, All Taxa Survey, Camp Maxey National Guard, University of Texas at Austin
Invertebrate Biologist, state-wide position with Texas Parks & Wildlife from 2000 to 2009
Park Ranger, Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, Alamo, Hidalgo Co., TX
Entomologist, Texas AgriLIFE Research, Weslaco, TX
Botanist, Land Trend Condition Analysis (LCTA) Surpervisor, Ft. Huachuca, Sierra Vista, AZ
Graduate Student, TAMU, Dept of Entomology, College Station, TX
Ornithologist, Black-capped Vireo study, Kerr, TX and Wichita Mountains WMA, Lawton, OK
Ornithologist, Kirtland's Warbler study, Mio, Michigan
Quality Control Inspector, Texas Instruments, Austin
Photojournalist, The Branding Iron, University of Wyoming student newspaper, Laramie, WY

Am currently vice president of the Austin Butterfly Forum which meets the 4th Monday every month at the Zilker Botanical Center at 7:00 pm.

More MAQ bio info here.

Some rights reserved. Licensed under a Creative Commons License.

With attribution, my photographs may be used for non-profit purposes.

Please credit:

"Mike Quinn,"

If you use a photo in a publication, please send me a copy or a link after it's printed:

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Mike Quinn, Austin
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