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Robert Lord Zimlich, Contributing Editor
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Robert Lord Zimlich
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Mobile, Alabama, USA

I am a professional artist, graphic designer and photographer (specializing in Event, Industrial and Maritime photography). Retired as Art Curator of the American Sport Art Museum, I have more time to devote to BugGuide. A veteran birder, I used to frequent Village Point Preserve during lunch. One summer, with only indigenous birds, I started photographing butterflies and dragonflies, which eventually led me to BugGuide. I was so impressed with contributors' willingness to help newbies. I'm not going to list the endless number of people who are so helpful on a daily basis, but I would be remiss not to acknowledge Lynette Schimming. When I had only 250 images, Lynette suggested I start using the identifier line for tagging for future sorting. Thanks to Lynette, I'm able sort my 11,000 + images, as seen below. I have Bob Patterson to thank for his encouragement and sharing his knowledge of moths.

I developed a fascination with psocids on my first sighting of a Cerastipsocus venosus . The first of my many posts of Cerastipsocus herds garnered the envy of psocid specialist, Dr. Diane Young, mentee extraordinaire of Dr. Ed Mockford. It was through Diane, that I got to finally meet Dr. Mockford, already familiar with my Psocids, spending four days in the field with him (see photo, below). He and Diane were able to visit my home when I hosted the 2012 Gathering.

Only Taxa on BugGuide (35)

New Taxa for BugGuide (149)

New Taxa for Alabama (1,630+)

New Taxa for Iowa (12)

New Taxa for Georgia (4)

Moths (660+ species)
Beetles (350+ species total)
     Weevils (44 species)
     Tumbling Flower Beetles (11 species)
     Rove Beetles (11 species)
Wasps (126 species total)
      Ichneumon Wasps (35 species)
Flies (178 species total)
     Long-legged Flies (13 species)
     Syrphid Flies (18 species)
     Robber Flies (8 species)
     Mosquitoes (9 species)
Leafhoppers (110 species)
Planthoppers (45 species)
Treehoppers (29 species)
Psocids (36 species)
Lacewings (21 species)
Springtails (7 species)
Grasshoppers, Crickets & Katydids (23 species)
Dragonflies & Damselflies (19 species)
Butterflies & Skippers (46 species)
Spiders (11 species)

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National Moth Week 2015

National Moth Week 2016

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