Research Technician with Dr. Lauren Weidner's Forensic Entomology Lab at Arizona State University. See more about FEWL (Forensic Entomology Weidner Lab) at the lab website
M.S. Candidate in Entomology- University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.S. in Plant Sciences, emphasis in Plant Protection- University of Missouri
I'm especially interested in pentatomids, scutellerids, and their nymphs. I also have an interest in calliphorids and other insects of forensic relevance, particularly in the southwestern US. I won't always provide an explanation when I ID specimens, but please feel more than free to ask me how I arrived where I did. I'm always happy to explain when folks are interested!
Identifying nymphs is tricky and I heavily depend on you all rearing nymphs that you find to adulthood to prove species. In an effort to make this a bit easier for people, I've written up a basic guide to stink bug nymph rearing here
Editors: Feel more than free to frass any image of mine that you feel doesn't add anything to the guide, you will not hurt my feelings!
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I have been around BG for a long time and really appreciate this great community and all of those who have fostered my love for entomology. I started posting in 2005, when I would have been about 14 and was lucky to find such a positive and patient group of people. Bugguide has had a huge impact on my decisions to make a career in entomology and I hope to be able to pass on the positive encouragement I received from this community.
I've done a fair bit of work with a wide variety of insects in a lab setting. Some of these include:
Podisus and Perillus (Pentatomidae)
On a more serious note, if anything should happen to me, I'd like for my photos to remain on bugguide.