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Jason D. Roberts, Contributing Editor
City, state, country:
Somerville, AL USA

I'm a lifelong naturalist, and have always loved nature and all its flora and fauna. I took a special interest in insects from a young age (thanks to my dad), and have been collecting and studying insects for over 30 years, with primary focus on Lepidoptera and Vespidae.
I've specifically been researching and collecting moths for 28 years, with special interest and research in Catocala, Apantesis, many of the eastern Ennominae, Sphingidae and Eastern Limacodidae (with particular interest in Euclea).
My original insect collection that I amassed in the mid 80s to early 90s, was destroyed in a watery basement disaster with only few survivors. So in the last 10 years or so, along with collecting specimens for my personal collection, for the BOLD database, and cataloging regional lepidoptera annually, I have also taken an interest in photographing insects as well.
In regard to Lepidoptera I have raised a number of species, conducted a 2 year independent research study of Symmerista for diagnostic larval characteristics, assisted in (collection/ID) a little university project on local Catocala (GA piedmont area), among other avocational entomological endeavors. I also have some moderate experience with dissection and examining moth genitalia under magnification for identification purposes, but don't dissect often.
I'm currently one of the state coordinators for moth data of Alabama on the BAMONA project.
I also have a special personal interest in N.A. Crayfishes.
Over the years I’ve collected and studied insects in TN, NC, GA, FL, and my current home in Alabama. I hope to use my accrual of modest experience and independent learning to contribute as much as I can to this site, and I look forward to learning all the more from the many other enthusiasts and experts here as well.
I have had the pleasure of contributing images, identifications and/or text to the following publications:
  • "Good Bugs, Bad Bugs" permanent educational exhibit in the Farm + Food Lab at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, CA.

Some rights reserved. Licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Educational, personal, and/or non-profit Use: Photos may be freely used for educational, personal, or non-profit use, provided they are credited as copyright J.D. Roberts or Jason D. Roberts with the copyright mark remaining on the image if present, and an email notification of intended use is sent to me.

Commercial Use: No commercial use without permission. If you'd like to publish one of my photos on a website, in a book, or in some other medium for commercial use, then send me an email requesting permission of use with details about the intended use and I'll be more than happy to grant permission, often free of charge, particularly for books and/or magazines, etc. All images on BugGuide are low res - if interested in any particular photo, a high resolution copy can be provided in most cases.

The exception is that the Moth Photographers Group website has my full permission to freely use any of my images at any time, with proper credit given.

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