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Aaron Hunt, Contributing Editor
Full name:
Aaron Hunt
City, state, country:
Block Island, Rhode Island

I'm a sophomore undergraduate student at Vanderbilt University. Since August 2014, I've been photographing and identifying the animals of Block Island, lately focusing on moths. As of this writing (8/18/16), I'm at 1335 species. My focus has gradually moved to insects specifically, of which I've identified 1033 species in 236 familes. My tally for Lepidoptera is 455 species; for Coleoptera, 244; Diptera, 93; Hymenoptera, 88; Hemiptera, 83; and other orders, 70.

I move a lot of images as editor and often don't subscribe to the images I move, so I won't always see subsequent comments on them. If you think I've made an error or have a question, feel free to email me about it.

My conventions in image submission:

For all my submissions from Block Island, Rhode Island (97.8% of all my images in the guide), "City/Location" is given as simply "Block Island." Some more specific location data is given in the "remarks" field:

"At lights" refers to insects found at my porch lights at night. I don't include this remark for my moth images: it is implied unless otherwise noted.

"Beach" refers to Crescent Beach unless a more specific description is given.

Specimens without any more specific location given (excluding those of moths; see above) are in almost all cases either from my yard or the Clay Head Trail.

Apparent new continental record:

Otiorhynchus crataegi

Apparent new state records:


Otiorhynchus singularis, Ischyrus quadripunctatus, Cyclocephala borealis, Notoxus planicornis, Megalodacne fasciatus, Odonteus sp., Cymindis neglecta, Berosus aculeatus, Contacyphon "sp. 2", Sapintus pusillus, Pentaria trifasciata, Donacia proxima, Oedophrys hilleri, Nicagus obscurus, Trachyphloeus sp., Trox capillaris, Cafius aguayoi, Belonuchus sp., Omophron labiatum, Cregya oculata, Perapion curtirostre, Tachyusa sp., Bembidion impotens, Stenocrepis duodecimstriata, Clivina acuducta


Oxyethira forcipata, Oxyethira zeronia, Platycentropus radiatus, Limnephilus ornatus, Oecetis inconspicua, Oecetis cinerascens, Triaenodes aba, Plectrocnemia crassicornis, Agrypnia vestita, Banksiola concatenata, Ptilostomis ocellifera, Ptilostomis angustipennis, Plectrocnemia remota, Molanna ulmerina


Leptocera erythrocera, Ostracophyto flavicaudis, Opacifrons maculifrons


Compsobraconoides sp.


Melanaethus robustus

New arthropods for the guide:



Callipallene brevirostris


Oxyethira forcipata, Contarinia undescribed sp., Stigmella myricafoliella, Donacia proxima, Psorosina hammondi, Ateloglossa sp., Mesites subcyljndricus, Hypocharassus pruinosus, Nanomyina barbata, Thinophilus prasinus, Elipsocus pumilis, Melanotus sagittarius, Oxyethira zeronia, Compsobraconoides sp., Trioxys sp., Aleiodes aciculatus, Glabellula crassicornis, Melanaethus robustus, Amoebaleria sackeni, Oecothea specus, Dimecoenia spinosa, Homoneura imitatrix, Banksiola concatenata, Ptilostomis angustipennis, Oecetis osteni, Plectrocnemia remota, Apamea inebriata, Sarcophaga johnsoni



Penilia avirostris, Podon leuckartii


Calanidae Gen. sp., Acartia sp.

Poecilostomatoida (new order for the guide):

Sapphirina sp., Oncaea sp.


Coronula diadema

Lepadiformes (new order):

Conchoderma auritum


Polyonyx gibbesi, Pinnixa chaetopterana, Dyspanopeus sayi, Palaemonetes vulgaris, Palaemonetes pugio


Calliopius laeviusculus, Caprella mutica, Aeginina longicornis, Monocorophium cylindricum, Crangonyx gracilis, Gammarus mucronatus, Gammarus locusta, Jassa marmorata, Ericthonius rubricornis, Americorchestia longicornis, Platorchestia platensis, Unciola sp., Haustorius canadensis, Amphiporeia virginiana, Phronima sp.


Idotea metallica, Sphaeroma sp.


Tanais dulongii, Leptochelia rapax

Groups of images:

647964, 425401; 1502010, 1502326; 204210, 417030, 930122