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

Discussion, 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

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

Arlene Ripley, Contributor
Full name:
Arlene Ripley
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City, state, country:
St. David, AZ, USA

My interests include all of the natural sciences especially birds, moths and butterflies. I've taken many photos over the years but with the advent of digital photography my life has changed--nature photography has now become my passion! What better way to share with others the beauty and intricacy of the natural world. My educational background includes degrees in biological science, medical technology, and graduate studies in botany. In past years I've been a volunteer naturalist at several nature centers in Maryland, volunteered as a land monitor for The Nature Conservancy and have participated in many bird studies/projects. When I'm not out taking photos, I enjoy working on my website, The Nest Box, which I created in 1996. In 2007, I created my blog, The Curious Naturalist. We now live in the foothills of the Dragoon Mountains in Cochise County, Arizona and enjoy all the adventures and experiences of living in such a biologically diverse part of the U.S.