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Brandon Claridge, Contributor
Full name:
Brandon Claridge
Contact:
brandonclaridge1@gmail.com
City, state, country:
Logan, Utah
Biography:

Grad student working on ichneumonine systematics, mainly Phaeogenini (for now). My long-term goal is to revise the Nearctic ichneumonine fauna, especially in the western portion where few species are known. An auxiliary goal is to provide freely available identification resources including reference images, keys, distribution maps, etc. There is no longer any reason for taxonomic information to be locked up in scientific articles.

If you are interested in making a significant reserach contribution to ichneumonine biodiversity, I would appreciate any help obtaining specimens. It's hard to overstate how under collected the US (particularly the western US) is. You are almost guaranteed to collect at least one if not a significant number of undescribed species. There are even a decent number of undescribed species in the eastern US. The most efficient way to collect Ichneumonidae is to use a passive flight intercept trap (Malaise trap). If you are interested, I could gladly provide you one. I also run Malaise traps in Northern Utah (and adjacent areas) and always looking for people with which to trade by-catch.