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Upcoming Events

Photos of insects and people from the 2022 BugGuide gathering in New Mexico, July 20-24

National Moth Week was July 23-31, 2022! See moth submissions.

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Photos of insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Previous events

Merrill A. Peterson, Contributor
City, state, country:
Bellingham, WA, USA

I am a Biology professor at Western Washington University, where I teach courses in Entomology, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology, and curate the WWU Insect Collection. My research interests focus on the ecology, evolution, and diversity of insects, and has included work on butterflies, moths, beetles, planthoppers, aphids, ants, and bees. More recently, my work has focused on making knowledge about insect diversity more broadly available, which I have done through my involvement with the Pacific Northwest Moths website ( and through Pacific Northwest Insects, a field guide recently published by Seattle Audubon Society (for more info, see