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drswanny, Contributing Editor
Daniel R. Swanson
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
320 Morrill Hall
505 South Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
City, state, country:
Champaign, IL

Graduate student in the Department of Entomology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In the past, I worked in the University of Michigan Insect Division improving the scope of the collection, running DNA extractions, and providing other organizational services. I'm gradually learning MI insect fauna and enjoy collecting in my free time. I enjoy the puzzle that insect taxonomy and identification provides, and I always look forward to learning new things from those more learned than myself.

Most of my interests belong to the Heteroptera, and my primary group of interest is the Reduviidae. In this family, I know much of the New World fauna and have begun familiarizing myself on the world level. Secondary groups of interest include the Coreoidea and the Tabanidae (Diptera) and most other Heteroptera, all on a Nearctic level.

I welcome any donations of material, especially in the Reduviidae. Please contact me via email for more information. I love to tackle identification of reduviids outside the United States so again feel free to contact me if you have assassin bug photographs beyond the scope of BugGuide. And finally, I no longer subscribe to every image on which I post (as of June 2012) so if you have further relevant questions that cannot be answered elsewhere in the Guide, please email me.

Below is a list of my publications relevant to Nearctic taxa. I am happy to send an electronic copy; please email me with any requests.

+Swanson, D. R. 2010. On the Mygalomorphae (Araneae) of Michigan. The Great Lakes Entomologist 43(1–4): 94–100.
+Swanson, D. R. 2011. New state records and distributional notes for some assassin bugs of the continental United States (Heteroptera: Reduviidae). The Great Lakes Entomologist 44(3–4): 117–138.
+Swanson, D. R. 2011. A synopsis of the Coreoidea (Heteroptera) of Michigan. The Great Lakes Entomologist 44(3–4): 139–162.
+Swanson, D. R. 2012. A synopsis of the damsel bugs (Heteroptera: Nabidae) of Michigan. The Great Lakes Entomologist 45(1–2): 40–55.
+O’Brien, M. F., D. R. Swanson, and J. Monsma. 2012. Anthidium oblongatum (Apoidea: Megachilidae) confirmed as a Michigan resident, with notes on other Anthidium species in Michigan. The Great Lakes Entomologist 45(1–2): 102–105.
+Swanson, D. R. 2012. An updated synopsis of the Pentatomoidea (Heteroptera) of Michigan. The Great Lakes Entomologist 45(3–4): 263–311.
+Swanson, D. R. 2013. A review of the ambush bugs (Heteroptera: Reduviidae: Phymatinae) of Michigan: identification and additional considerations for two common eastern species. The Great Lakes Entomologist 46(3-4): 154-164.
+Swanson, D. R, O. Keller, and J. D. Rowley. 2013. First record of the Palearctic predatory stink bug, Picromerus bidens (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae: Asopinae), in Michigan. The Great Lakes Entomologist 46(3-4): 231-234.
+Cohn, T. J., D. R. Swanson, and P. Fontana. 2014. Dichopetala and new related North American genera: a study in genitalic similarity in sympatry and genitalic differences in allopatry (Tettigoniidae: Phaneropterinae: Odonturini). Miscellaneous Publications of the Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan 203: 1–180. [no electronic copies available].
+Swanson, D. R. 2015. First record of the Enicocephalidae (Heteroptera) in Michigan and Ohio. The Great Lakes Entomologist 48(1-2): 1-8.
+Swanson, D. R., A. D. Yanahan, and S. J. Taylor 2015. First record of the dirt-colored seed bug, Sisamnes claviger (Heteroptera: Rhyparochromidae: Myodochini), in Illinois. Entomological News 124(5): 357-363.
+Swanson, D. R. 2016. A synopsis of the Cimicoidea (Heteroptera) of Michigan. The Great Lakes Entomologist 49(3–4): 115–145.
+Swanson, D. R., S. J. Taylor & S. W. Heads. 2017. Nine true bugs (Heteroptera) newly-discovered in Illinois. Zootaxa 4269(4): 571–585. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.4269.4.10.

I'm adding a bit of info about my handle since an amusing exchange arose on a Mamurius mopsus image:

I hold neither an MD nor PhD, thus, no one should refer to me as DrAnything (yet). I chose this name as a handle (cleverly, in my opinion, I'm not afraid to admit this small pride) due to my previous occupational goal and the fact that my name is Daniel Ryan Swanson. Sorry to mislead :)