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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

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Roy Cohutta Brown, Contributing Editor
Full name:
Roy Cohutta Brown
City, state, country:
Albany, Georgia, USA

Marine Corps veteran (13 yrs.) - Enlisted Marine (Private-Sergeant) and Commissioned Officer; honorably discharged at rank of Captain. Earned a B.S. summa cum laude (Acctg.) with educational assistance from the Vietnam GI Bill. Then worked violent crime for 25 years as an FBI Agent and LEO. Three years of military and FBI overseas deployments included Asia, Southern and Western Pacific Regions-with 2 different BLT(s), Europe, Middle East, and Horn of Africa. Certifications and experience included Firearms/Tactics Instructor, ERT, Post-Blast, CFE, Negotiator, Private Pilot, Climbing, Parachuting, Motorcycling, Sports, Backpacking, Orienteering.
eBird 2009 - present.
BugGuide 2010 - present.
iNaturalist 2011 - present.
Flickr 2009 - present, 7500 nature photos organized by taxa into 13 Collections containing 180+ Albums. Nature photos published in books, magazines, papers, including this specimen in National Geographic and a Chinese Science Educational Comic Strip. Some pics of my dogs, past and present, here.
"ID Request" often is over 100 pages in length. Sometimes an editor may move a butterfly from "ID Request" to Superfamily (Papilionoidea) pending further review. For me, this may happen when I am in the field, otherwise short on time or when I can not immediately confirm the ID due to view angle, photo quality, range familiarity, etc.
On the SUBMISSION FORM: Please check adult (moth/butterfly) and/or immature (egg/caterpillar/pupa) when submitting to Lepidoptera. If you don't know for sure, don't check it. For example: for caterpillars check immature and for butterflies and moths check adult. If the photo shows mating behavior, check both male and female. Representative photos appear on info and browse pages (checked by default).
Views of both the dorsal and ventral sides can be very helpful with an ID.
We strive to provide accurate information, but please disagree or comment if you have a problem or a question with any of my identifications or explanations.
Firsts in BugGuide from USA and Florida:
Some firsts in BugGuide from Georgia:

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