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Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Photos from the 2010 Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa

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Ken Schneider, Contributing Editor
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Ken Schneider
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San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA

I have a broad interest in the identification and natural history of arthropods in California and the West, with a particular emphasis on spiders.

Although I have an academic background in biology (mainly molecular and human biology), I have no formal training in entomology and any knowledge I've picked up over the years is due to the help of others on this web site and an assortment of books and articles I've acquired. I've been an "editor" on this site since the summer of 2008.

I am willing to examine spiders collected in California and nearby states and preserved in alcohol in order to try to identify them for you. Please email me if you want details.

My current beat sheet (2015) has about 2.5 threads per millimeter.

Some rights reserved. Licensed under a Creative Commons License.

I would like my images to remain on this site after my death, under the Creative Commons license noted above.

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