Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
John Schneider, Contributing Editor
jbsho(removethis)uston (at) sbcgl(removethistoo)
City, state, country:
Houston, Texas

I did birding for many years and still do, but eventually started butterflying and dragonflying and finally watching/photographing all different kinds of insects. I've been a Bugguide contributor since 2008. Thanks to site administrator John Van Dyk, site founder Troy Bartlett, and all the people who provide IDs and keep things running smoothly here.

A lot of my photos, especially those in the field, are taken with a Canon Powershot+Raynox DCR250 using the onboard flash. Others are taken with a Canon DSLR, MP-E 65mm lens, and diffused twin flash. Eventually, I started using the twin flash with the Powershot/Raynox, as well.

Recently I've been rearing out nymphs whenever possible, mostly leafhoppers.

Life cycles (mostly partial)

Other contributions:

Auchenorrhyncha (leafhoppers, planthoppers, and treehoppers)
Miridae (plant bugs)
Parasitoid wasps
Diptera (flies)
Hymenoptera (ants, wasps, and bees)
Coleoptera (beetles)
Psocodea (barklice)
Thysanoptera (thrips)
Heteroptera (true bugs)
Neuroptera (lacewings, antlions, and allies)
Trichoptera (caddisflies)
Sternorrhyncha (aphids, whiteflies, and other plant-parasitic hemipterans)
Orthoptera (grasshoppers, crickets, and katydids)
Blattodea (cockroaches)