Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
v belov, Contributing Editor
E-mail address:
vmarfus {at} gmail
When you contact me offline, make sure to include links to the item(s) in question. I may disregard Qs about household insects and take my time to reply.

I do not automatically subscribe to submissions I comment: please contact me directly if you see any of your specific questions unanswered for at least two weeks.
I do not take "data points" into consideration when deciding to frass images, unless they reflect unpublished state records or expand BG data considerably; records should be based on preserved specimens; photographs are inadequate evidence.
MS in entomology, with a nerdy bias towards tiny arthropods and otherwise obscure, uncharismatic taxa. I tend to stay away from those groups where one may expect species to have common names or subspecies. Most of what I know about the Nearctic fauna I owe to this site and people I have met here.

Useful BG sources: Experts | Markup | Online taxonomy references | Where Do I Post It? | Measurement | Photo voucher program
BG Wish Lists: Aquatic Orders | Heteroptera | Coleoptera | Families, major orders
How collected specimens should look (Ted MacRae's collection) | Example of a dedicated collecting effort (3,500 beetle spp. found in a single county by Karl Stephan)

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"For every complex problem, there is a straightforward solution that is clear, concise, and incorrect."

Images posted since Apr 2017 have been kindly taken for BugGuide by
Xanthe Shirley

The images posted before are not mine (see copyright info under each one), and I cannot authorize their use. Please contact copyright owners with your requests. I also post images on behalf of other persons/institutions from proxy accounts: Mike Quinn | Alex Wild | Alexey Tishechkin | Louisiana State Arthropod Museum
Any errors in the original submission forms are mine.
I immensely appreciate the generosity of those who make their photographs available online for everybody to use, no strings attached. This is the right thing to do, a priceless service to science and education and an example to others. There are lots of quality images that people took great pains to produce so we can use them freely and fill the gaps in the guide. Special thanks to those who go out of their way to take pictures for BugGuide upon my requests.

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