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Robert Vigneault, Contributor
City, state, country:
Oka, Qu├ębec, Canada

For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in arthropods. In the second half of the 80s, I started taking insect (and other arthropods) pictures, but I soon realized that in order to put a name on some species, a picture is not enough. So I started to collect the photographed specimens and eventually it became so addictive that I let the camera home and spent most of my free time collecting beetles.

Since 1994 I am collaborating with a National Park nearby my home to inventory its Coleoptera fauna. Up to now (2017), over 1200 species have been collected and identified to species-level. I do this as a hobby, as my regular work is in the aluminum industry.

I am also into electronic music composing, a side-hobby I have since 1983.