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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 am a long-time volunteer in the Entomology department of the California Academy of Sciences and I have been photographing, collecting and trying to identify California arthropods since about 2007. I have a special interest in the spiders of western North America, but I am also generally interested in learning more about terrestrial invertebrates in North America.

For those who are reluctant to collect insects or spiders, here is an excellent article that gives an entomologist's point of view and reasoning behind collecting the organisms we care so much about:

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 (2018) has about 2.0 threads per millimeter. Our current black light sheet (2018) has about 3.3 threads per millimeter.

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

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