I'm a little old lady who plays with bugs and gets way too emotionally involved with them. I have no formal education, background, or experience in entomology, so calling myself an amateur is aiming high.
My purpose here is to learn what I can and share observations while I can, as I believe that large numbers of species that we enjoy or gripe about or ignore will no longer be here for future generations as humans continue to destroy habitat and disrupt ecosystems. What I value most in entomology is preservation and conservation, which I think is most critical in these times of apathy and ignorance. This site contributes in invaluable ways by making entomology accessible, allowing amateurs to interact with experts in learning to appreciate the magnificent world of insects.
In my very limited and recent experience of observing creatures, I have handraised many critters. I'm on the periphery of entomology in that I practice compassionate rearing of creatures and get to know them intimately in simulated natural environments.
Recent projects include:
• Raising Gryllus texensis
-A detailed article on raising multiple generations of this beautiful field cricket.
• Raising Oecanthinae
- A detailed article on raising multiple generations of Oecanthus varicornis, Oecanthus fultoni, and Oecanthus celerinictus.
• Raising and Overwintering Labidomera clivicollis
This is the creature I know best is as I have handraised them in the hundreds and watched them through every stage of life. I deeply love these beetles.
Labidomera clivicollis laying eggs:
• Raising Oncopeltus fasciatus
This is the first bug I ever raised in large numbers and got to know well. With these guys, I raised Oncopeltus sexmaculatus and a few Lygaeus kalmii.
• Raising Arge sawflies
- Very brief article on raising larvae to adults of one species.
(Several more articles on the way ...) (no, really!)
In addition, I have raised a many species of butterflies and moths (including crazy numbers of Papilio polyxenes and Danaus (gilippus and plexippus)) and miscellaneous other critters. Unlike normal people, I name and get very attached to my bugs. And in my love for them, I get to know them intimately through all their stages of development. Observing their behaviour keeps me rapt.
My bug love is credited to bug named Angel, an Oncopeltus fasciatus who came home with me on a plant from a nursery. Falling deeply in love with Angel is what started it all.
Angel (left) and his first wife:
I use google with username dvoripix if anyone wants to get in touch.
My Flickr albums are here:
**Insect albums follow location albums - please scroll down for them; several orders of local insects are represented.**
I request that all of the content I have contributed to BugGuide.net (photos, several articles on rearing, comments, etc.) remain on the site after I slip back into the dust to join the bugs that I came to love.
My hope is that as many humans as possible will do everything they can to preserve species and their fragile habitats along with all the relevant information, observations, photos, and data we have accumulated.
“Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.”
― Richard Feynmann