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Lynette Elliott, Contributing Editor
Full name:
Lynette Elliott
E-mail address:
City, state, country:
Thompson Falls, MT

We are an online volunteer community of naturalists who enjoy learning about and sharing our observations of insects, spiders, and other related creatures. We enjoy the opportunity to instill in others the fascination and appreciation that we share for the intricate lives of these oft-maligned creatures.

Using the best resources we have access to, we are creating a knowledgebase to help each other and the online community.

You can search my images using my ID# 1218 and the Advanced Search. You can also search it using my initials, lks or lke, with the following terms true, ant, larva, nest, egg, butterfly, wasp, fly, lacewing, etc. Some words don't work in the search engine, so I have started updated my identifiers to have a hyphen. You can search my more current images using lks-moth, lks-beetle, lks-fly, etc. Eventually they will all include the hyphen.

I have an Elementary Education Degree, but have no official training in entomology. In the years I have been contributing/editing here I have learned some basic things about identifying bugs in the field. Currently, I am trying to focus on spider identification with a lot of help from Rod Crawford.

Basic Macro Photography Links:
Basic Macro Photography - A great site for simple explanations on how to get the most out of your equipment by Perry Babin.
Photographing Insects by Perry Babin
Pipe Extension Tube for Macro by Pat Kavanagh.
Macro Flash Set-ups - by jciv On Flickr
Equipment Set-up Ideas - Different ideas for getting better macro shots.
Digital Photography Glossary - Definitions to basic terms by Windows XP.
Summary of BugGuide Articles - Useful articles created by BugGuide contributors.

My Equipment
2004-2005 Canon Powershot G3
2005-2010 Canon Rebel XT with 100 mm macro & ring flash.
2010- ? Canon Rebel XT2i with 100 mm macro lens & ring flash.

Some of my favorite bug photos...

And my favorite finds, but maybe not the best shots....

Rare finds...

State Records

New species?..

Other places you can find my images being used in print/online:

Houghton Mifflin SC Textbook (2006)
Carolina Pine Sawyer

Butterflies & Moths: Messages from Psyche, by Prof. Philip Howse
Black Swallowtail caterpillar

National Wildlife Federation: Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America (2007)
Mottled Tortoise Beetle
California Tortoiseshell
Striped Lynx

Syngenta: a guide to protecting WOODY ORNAMENTAL SHRUBS (2009)
Azalea Caterpillar

Virginia IPM: Mid-Atlantic Guide to the Insect Pests and Beneficials of Corn, Soybean, and Small Grains (2005)
Green Stink Bug

Entomology Circular No. 419, The Pine Webworm, Pococera robustella
Pine Webworm

Singing Insects of North America
Handsome Meadow Katydid
Greater Angle-wing Katydid nymph
Greater Angle-wing Katydid female
Greater Angle-wing Katydid
Fork-tailed Bush Katydid
Short-winged Meadow Katydid
Tessellana tessellata

Stink Bugs & Other Bugs by Mary Packard (2006)
Florida Predatory Stink Bugs Molting
Brochymena laying eggs

True Bugs by Laura Appleton-Smith (2009)
Green Stink Bug
Brown Stink Bug
Red-shouldered Stink Bug
Chlorochroa sp #1 & Chlorochroa sp #2
stink bug eggs
Damsel Bug
Green Stink Bug nymph
Scentless Plant Bug
Juniper Stink Bug

Virginia Creeper Sphinx
Prairie Yellowjacket

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Gulf Fritillary - Agraulis vanillae

Warm Springs Museum - educational interpretive exhibit 2011
Leptophlebia pacifica

I owe many thanks to all the people from bugguide who have helped me and added info to the site. Some of those people are:
John Ascher - bees Checks ID Request, Hymenoptera, etc.
John and Jane Balaban - dragonflies/damselflies, spiders etc. Checks Recent
Brad Barnd - beetles & true bugs
Jay Barnes - jumping spiders
Troy Bartlett - creating this site!
Keith Bayless - flies
Giff Beaton - dragonflies/damselflies, robber flies, and tiger beetles
V Belov - true bugs, beetles
Tom Bentley - butterflies
Cliff Bernzweig - butterflies & dragonflies
Mike Boone - map, computers, moths
Boris B├╝che - beetles
Matthias Buck - flies & wasps
John Carr - midges
Devin Carroll - spiders
Patrick Coin - various bugs, & plants
Stephen Cresswell - beetles, dragonflies
John Davis - moths (west)
Eric Eaton - wasps, bees, true bugs, etc.
Charley Eiseman - tracks & signs
Chuck Entz - bugs, plants, computers
Nick Fensler - spider wasps
David Ferguson - grasshoppers
Lloyd Gonzales - caddisflies, mayflies & stoneflies
Anita Gould - moths
Jeff Gruber - hister beetles
Dennis Haines - beetles, wasps, & flies
Andy Hamilton - leafhoppers, planthoppers, treehoppers, spittlebugs Andy checks recent within Hemiptera
Guy Hanley - beetles
Phillip Harpootlian - beetles
Jeff Hollenbeck - spiders
Mandy Howe - spiders
Frans Janssens - springtails
Kojun Kanda - beetles (Tenebrionidae)
WonGun Kim - true bugs, weevils, and hoverflies
Joel Kits - flies, bee flies
Ted MacRae - beetles
John Maxwell - various
Sean McCann - mosquitoes
Jim McClarin - beetles
Robin McLeod - moths
Kari J McWest - scorpions
Peter Messer - ground beetles
Beatriz Moisset - pollinators
Tim Moyer - beetles
Tom Murray - beetles, various
Hannah Nendick-Mason - butterflies & caterpillars
Wisconsin Oecanthinancy - tree crickets
Bob Patterson - moths
Gerard Pennards - flies
Kevin Pfeiffer - spiders
Claude Pilon - leafhoppers, planthoppers, treehoppers, spittlebugs & true bugs
Dennis Profant - moths
Mike Quinn - beetles
Herschel Raney - robberflies
Rowland Shelley - millipedes, centipedes
Andrew Short - aquatic beetles
John Sloan - spiders
Michelle Lynn St.Sauveur - dragonflies & damselflies
William H. Taft - clearwing moths
Michael Thomas - beetles
Tony Thomas - wasps & dragonflies
John VanDyk - running the site
Richard Vernier - bees, wasps & ants
Rob Westerduijn - leaf beetles
Chris Wirth - tiger beetles
Hartmut Wisch - bees & other
Norm Woodley - flies
Chen Young - craneflies Checks images in Tipulomorpha

Off-site I owe thanks to:
Lyle Buss - who I bugged a lot before I found this site
John Capinera - grasshoppers
Rod Crawford - spiders (west)
Eric LaGasa - moths (west)
Tom Walker - katydids
Merrill Sweet - Hemiptera
Sharon Collman - WSU Extension Educator
Mary Sue Gee - Plant Identification & Preserve Contact

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Please e-mail me as a courtesy so I know where my images are being used, even if it is consistent with the Creative Commons License.
(Note that in the unlikely event of my demise, I would like my images to remain on BugGuide or its successors under these license terms. For profit use would have to be licensed from my estate.)

For-profit use, including use for the benefit of non-profit organizations, requires permission and licensing, usually for a (reasonable) fee.

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