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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

Photos from the 2009 gathering in Washington

Skip Blanchard, Contributor
Full name:
Skip Blanchard
City, state, country:
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Biography:

My full name is Orland Joseph Blanchard, Jr. I am not an expert, but I have had some training and have been collecting beetles for decades. I am a botanist by profession (Ph.D., Cornell; now retired), but I minored in insect taxonomy, in part because of a long-time interest in butterflies and moths, and when I took a graduate course in Lepidoptera and Coleoptera I got hooked on beetles. I have been collecting beetles for 44 years now (as of 2013) and have accumulated over 19,000 specimens. At present I am a courtesy curator at the University of Florida Herbarium of the Florida Museum of Natural History and a research associate at the Florida State Collection of Arthropods, both in Gainesville. I consult BugGuide almost daily and learn something every time. I stopped photographing natural history subjects some time ago, when I felt that I had most of what I needed for teaching purposes; hence my zero contributions of photographs to BugGuide. Now and then I contribute identifications of beetles, butterflies, and moths, but usually in tentative terms (“looks like…,” “maybe…,” “reminds me of…”) as befits my non-expert status. So I have to admit that on BugGuide I am more of a taker than a giver. What a great site!