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A Year on BugGuide

-John Pearson

It was one year ago this weekend that I posted my first photo on BugGuide:

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who have helped me learn so much by commenting on my submissions. There are 132 of you, so I cannot mention everyone, but I’ll name the top ten (ordered by number of postings responded to):
Charley Eiseman
V Belov
Eric Eaton
John and Jane Balaban
Andrew Williams
Ron Hemberger
James Trager
David Ferguson
Lynette Schimming
Bob Patterson

By the numbers, here is a summary of my submissions over the year (excluding Frass):
788 images in 410 postings
246 postings identified to species, representing 218 unique species

Thirteen of these species (all represented by galls or mines) have their only BG record in Iowa (where I am based):

One (another gall) has its only BG record in Missouri (where I traveled for a field trip):

One has its only BG record in Florida, which Charley Eiseman and I visited independently two years apart but each photographing an ant species whose ID we matched through BugGuide with the assistance of James Trager and Richard Vernier:

I am a botanist and found that I could give as well as receive on BG by helping with plant identification, which often helps to identify the insect:

I was also able to assist MJ Hatfield by identifying the lichens providing the background for the cryptic coloration of a lichen moth (scroll down to see the poster):

Finally, here are some of my favorite photos. Some turned out especially well photographically (for me), others were just of interesting species or situations:

THANKS AGAIN to everyone on BugGuide, I learned a lot and enjoyed it. I am looking forward to my second year!

My 1st BugGuide year anniversary was in October.
I have a lot of state data points as well.

What a nice posting :)
I really enjoyed reading it.

Me too
it's nice to reflect on the big picture once in a while. 2010 will be the beginning of my 6th year. I think it all started in early '04 and I joined in Jan. 05. This is truly an amazing site that Troy created and so many people maintain! Some of those first year members are Troy Bartlett, Hannah Nendick-Mason, Cotinis, Tony DiTerlizzi, Eric Eaton, john and jane balaban, Phillip Harpootlian, Bob Patterson & Robin McLeod. I'm sure there are others from that first year, but those were the ones that immediately came to mind. Kudos to all them for getting us rolling and kudos to all of us for keeping it going!!

A bit of nostalgia
The site was started by Troy with several thousands of his images on February 16, 2004.
I submitted my first image in September 2004 and became an editor a couple of months later. This makes me an old-timer in both senses of the world. At first I was the only one from Pennsylvania until a few months later when Matthew joined us. Matthew and Chris were our precious teenagers of those early years. What are they doing now? Finishing college? I am sure that they are going into bigger and better things.
A few more old-timers that Lynette didn’t mention (I am sure that I am missing quite a few):
Mike Boone (what would we do without him?)
Richard Leung
Joyce Gross
Bruce Marlin
Vincent Hickey
Some of them like Matthew or the elderly gentleman from Maine, Vincent Hickey, have not been seen in Bugguide for a while.

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