Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Ken Wolgemuth, Contributing Editor
Full name:
Ken Wolgemuth
City, state, country:
Juniata County, Pennsylvania

I studied zoology at Colorado State and, as a work-study student, spent a couple of years mounting specimens for Howard Ensign Evans--an experience that only served to deepen my interest in all things buggy. After college, I spent two years with the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa--living in a house frequented by giant rats, spitting cobras and driver ants--and may be the only volunteer ever to have required medical evacuation as the result of a Frisbee accident. Returning home, I worked as a park ranger, a laborer, an industrial chemist and a bureaucrat, finally retiring in January 2018. I was a freelance nature writer for nearly 30 years, and have been an amateur naturalist virtually all my life. Oh, and I once played tennis with Arthur Ashe in a mall parking lot in Compton, CA--which has nothing to do with bugs, but was pretty cool.

Any editor should feel free to frass any image of mine that does not, in his or her considered opinion, add value to the Guide. My feelings won't be hurt--I promise.

It is my wish that all of the content I have contributed to (photos, comments, etc.) remain on the site in the event of my death.

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."

--Philip K. Dick

"Rejoice with fate."

--Henry D. Thoreau

"I was going to buy a copy of The Power of Positive Thinking, and then I thought: What the hell good would that do?"

--Ronnie Shakes