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Cerambycidae

I am very much interested in macro-photography, especially for use in producing field guides. I have just completed the Cerambycidae of North Dakota, 87 species total to date, which will be available June 1. As we are a midwestern state, most of our cerambycid fauna is a mix of both eastern and western species, of which I could provide a faunal list and as photos become available I could add them to my pages for a second printing. I have also begun to gather habitus images of pinned specimens of other North American species. I would be willing to be the "chairperson" of a cerambycid focus group. Unfortuantely many of the species require a bit of work to identify, and as such it requires collecting specimens. I am also working on the Silphidae of ND, all 22 or so species and at some point plan on tackling the Scarabs, probably close to 140 or so species.

We recently finished the Butterflies of North Dakota, second edition, by Ron Royer, with live shots by Brian Reynolds and habitus images by myself, if you have access to a copy you can see what our format is like. If anyone is interested in cerambycids, let me know and I can post my faunal list and we can see what happens. The ND cerambycid guide will, as far as I know at the moment, sell for $17.00. I am also willing to ID any Northern North American specimens sent to me, if you happen to collect a few extra!

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That whole family would probably be overwhelming. I think people will get more enjoyment from successfully finishing smaller projects. Why not pick a small subset, maybe something that's easily found or recognized. When we knock a few of those out we can work on the harder stuff, and in the meantime maybe the harder ones will trickle in.

I would also suggest updating your account page so people will know how to get in touch with you and how to send specimens for identification.

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