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.
Even though I'm old with one tarsus in the grave, my purpose here is to learn as much as I can and share as many observations as I can. 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 very 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. My intention is to contribute to the knowledge base by reporting detailed life history data about all the insects I raise and observe on a daily basis.
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.
Recent projects include the following:
• 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 Gratiana pallidula
This is a sweet, beautiful little beetle, and probably excellent for people just starting out with rearing. They are easy to raise and progress quickly through complete metamorphosis.
• Raising Deloyala guttata
These are spectacularly gorgeous tortoise beetles whom I got to know and raise through multiple generations.
• Raising Arge sawflies
- Very brief article on raising larvae to adults of one species.
(Several more articles on the way ...) (no, really!) (I'm shamefully behind on processing photos and videos, but am continuing my work every day.)
In addition, I have raised 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 quite well through all their stages of development. Observing their behaviour keeps me rapt.
My bug love is credited to a 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 wife, Angelina.
My insect of passion is Labidomera clivicollis, whom I would like to see protected, as it appears the species is more and more threatened as milkweed habitat declines.
I want to express my deepest gratitude to Nancy Collins, Oliver Beckers, Brandon Woo, Tyler Hedlund, and Lisa Rainsong for their kindness, their help, their inspiration. I think the kindest thing you can do for others is to inspire them, mentor them, and help them progress toward their aspirations.
My Flickr albums are here:
**Insect albums follow location albums - please scroll down for them; several orders of local insects are represented.**
I use gmail with username dvoripix if anyone wants to get in touch.
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.
“Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.”
― Richard Feynmann