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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

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Genus Oligotoma

Webspinner - Oligotoma Webspinner sexes compared - Oligotoma nigra - male - female webspinner - Oligotoma nigra - male Oligotoma Needzaname - Oligotoma nigra 102211Earwig? - Oligotoma saundersii 102211Earwig? - Oligotoma saundersii 1124C01 - Oligotoma
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Embiidina (Webspinners)
Family Oligotomidae
Genus Oligotoma
Explanation of Names
Oligotoma Westwood 1837
Greek oligos 'few' + tomos 'section' (refers to a small number of segments --unclear of what part)
2 spp. in our area (both adventive), 24 spp. total(1)
warmer regions of the Old World; in our area, O. nigra sw. US (TX-CA-UT), O. saundersii FL-TX(1)