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Photos of insects and people from the 2022 BugGuide gathering in New Mexico, July 20-24

National Moth Week was July 23-31, 2022! See moth submissions.

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Photos of insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12


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USDA Systematic Entomology Laboratory's Slide-mounting Tutorial Videos
[cite:1926801]

This site has tutorial videos for preparing arthropods for microscope examination. Search "sels-slide-mounting-tutorial-videos" at the given link or use this direct link.

HMDS (hexamethyldisilizane) Protocol
[cite:605326]

An alternative to Critical Point Drying, an HMDS Protocol for preserving the appearance of soft bodied insects when dried is provided here by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).

B. V. Brown provides additional information. The technique and its results are discussed in depth by J. Heraty and D. Hawks(1).

Photoshoping Digital Pictures of Insect Specimens
YouTube tutorial by Sam Droege of the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 1896, vol 23

Catalogue of Life
[cite:2019700]

ITP advanced taxonomic training videos
Links to a series of videos focused mainly on microscopic identification of specimens of plant-feeding arthropods (and potential pest species), including sections on mites, thrips, aphids, whiteflies, mealybugs, stink bugs, scale insects, leafhoppers/planthoppers, and some moths/caterpillars.

There are also other ID tools and videos that can be searched for here:
https://idtools.org/identify.php?format%5B%5D=website&keyword=&category=1&sortby=date+DESC

Symbiota Collections of Arthropods Network (SCAN)

Something is in my house
Hello, how are you doing?I hope you are all fine
I have a little problem...
Today i saw a creature (looked like an insect to me ) going under my couch.It was black in the size of my palm, circular and it was very fast.I couldnt see it clearly
I think it had many legs but i am not sure because it was very fast
Then me and my friend saw it leaving the couch and going to the kitchen.
My friend saw it closer and she said it was flat, but we cants say for sure because we didnt manage to see it clearly
It didnt look like a mouse or a rat , more like an insect like a spider or something but it was very circular to be a spider

 
 
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