May 31, 2022

April 29, 2022

Cicadas at the Staten Island Museum

Similar to what I did at Cornell*, on 4/29/2022 I was able to photograph many (but nowhere near all) of the identified North American Cicadid specimens in the William T. Davis collection at the Staten Island Museum. I prioritized uploading photos of species that have 5 or fewer observations on iNaturalist. See below for the full list.
*(see https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/humanbyweight/62838-cicadas-at-the-cuic)

CICADETTINAE
Carineta postica - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113572285
Carineta trivittata - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113572286
Herrera lugubrina compostelensis - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113572289
Herrera lugubrina lugubrina - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113572290
Cicadettana camerona - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113572283

CICADINAE: CRYPTOTYMPANINI
Cacama californica
Cacama carbonaria - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113573927
Cacama furcata - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113573929
Cacama maura - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113573937
Diceroprocta alacris campechensis - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113578607
Diceroprocta albomaculata - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113578610
Diceroprocta arizona - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113578609
Diceroprocta bibbyi - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113578615
Diceroprocta bicosta - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113578623
Diceroprocta bulgara - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113578624
Diceroprocta caymanensis - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113578630
Diceroprocta cleavesi - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113578634
Diceroprocta fusipennis - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113578640
Diceroprocta lata - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113578639
Diceroprocta obscurior - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113578644
Diceroprocta ornea - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113578646
Diceroprocta ovata - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113578645
Diceroprocta pinosensis - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113578653
Hadoa hidalgoensis - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113579672
Hadoa sugdeni - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113579676
Neotibicen bermudianus - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113579675

CICADINAE: FIDICININI
Dorisiana amoena - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113581668
Dorisiana compostela - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113581673
Dorisiana viridis - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113581672
Fidicina mannifera
Fidicinoides determinata - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113581677
Fidicinoides picea - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113581681
Fidicinoides pronoe
Guyalna panamaensis
Hemisciera maculipennis
Ollanta mexicana - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113582815
Proarna germari - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113582814

CICADINAE: LEPTOPSALTRIINI
Neocicada mediamexicana - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113582816

CICADINAE: ZAMMARINI
Chinaria mexicana - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113585667
Chinaria similis - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113585672
Daza nayaritensis - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113585673
Dyticodopoea signoreti - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113585682
Juanaria poeyi - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113585697
Odopoea cariboea
Odopoea dilatata - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113585699
Odopoea suffusa - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113585701
Uhleroides cubensis - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113585706
Uhleroides hispaniolae - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113585709
Uhleroides sagrae - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113585712
Uhleroides samanae - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113585717
Uhleroides walkerii - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113585718

TIBICININAE
Clidophleps distanti truncata - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113586983
Okanagodes gracilis gracilis - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113586986
Okanagodes gracilis viridis - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113586988
Okanagana arboraria - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113588049
Okanagana ferrugomaculata - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113588050
Okanagana ornata
Okanagana rimosa ohioensis - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113588053
Okanagana yakimaensis - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113588056
Platypedia affinis - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113589542
Platypedia falcata - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113589552
Platypedia mohavensis mohavensis - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113589550
Platypedia putnami keddiensis - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113589559
Platypedia putnami occidentalis - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113589568
Platypedia scotti - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113589567

I would be happy to upload any of the other photos upon request.
@dan_johnson @weecorbie @roshan2010 @willc-t @easmeds @bugsoundsjc @billreynolds @zdanko @upupa-epops @lotteryd @billhubick @mmmmbugs @udcmrk @jhousephotos @ineeley @magicicada @sambiology @vlnunes @aguilita @ozzicada @cicadamania

ALSO - If you would like to stop getting tagged in posts like this one, please let me know.

Posted on April 29, 2022 23:12 by humanbyweight humanbyweight | 8 comments | Leave a comment

April 03, 2022

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April 01, 2022

Likely New Species & Subspecies of Social Wasps

Hi all,

Through the course of my studies, I've been able to document a number of observations on iNaturalist that are likely to represent new species or subspecies unknown to science. I have neither the time nor the resources to describe them, so I am compiling them here in the hopes that someone else will be able to.

1 - Vulgaris-Group Vespula in the Sierra Madre Oriental, Mexico

This population of very melanic "Vespula maculifrons" were originally pointed out to me by @caseyborowskijr. It appears to be isolated from the typical color form of V. maculifrons by the Rio Grande river valley. This population is likely to be a new species, or a new subspecies of Vespula maculifrons (or possibly Vespula akrei). I tried to write a species description for this population in 2018 but it was rejected because I was unable to gather any genetic data. I know there are specimens of this population at the Cornell University Insect Collection. I have stacked dorsal, lateral, and anterior photos if anyone wants them. They appear on page 94 of my wasp book under the name Vespula maculifrons.
Workers + Nest (COAH) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/12098028 @arturoc
Workers + Nest (COAH) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/4926227 @arturoc
Queen (NL) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/12849173 @ignacio_a_rodriguez
Worker (NL) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/27358874 @aztekium
Worker (NL) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/6388561 @ignacio_a_rodriguez
Worker (NL) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/11354313 @ignacio_a_rodriguez
Worker (NL) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/4103176 @panza_rayada
Worker (NL) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10350676 @elsahdzrdz
Worker (QRO) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/51815817 @idlegrraphics
Worker (VER) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9227903 @camamed
Worker (VER) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/8991909 @camamed

2 - Vulgaris-Group Vespula in the Southeastern Rockies, USA

This population of very xanthic "Vespula alascensis" queens were originally pointed out to me by @caseyborowskijr and @jacobsonbob. Most V. alascensis queens have much less yellow on T2. As far as we know, the workers and males of this population look identical to typical V. alascensis. This population is likely to be a new color form or maybe a new subspecies of Vespula alascensis.
Queen (WY) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/56432317 @go_outside
Queen (CO) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/50193062 @bobw75
Queen (CO) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/49979817 @mlodinow
Queen (CO) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/43510346 @bug_eric
Queen (CO) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/27651784 @asaraha
Queen (CO) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/24196087 @bug_eric
Queen (CO) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/23528573 @heidi_eaton
Queen (CO) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/23409418 @ceuthophilus
Queen (CO) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/12947100 @blazeclaw
Queen (CO) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/7223682 @andrewcore
Queen (CO) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/7054216 @mlodinow
Queen (CO) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/3326043 @bug_eric
Queen (NM) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/104721995 @tomkennedy
Queen (NM) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/3265648 @briannsmithnz
Queen (AZ) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/26359947 @mccreedy

3 - Polistes (Aphanilopterus) in South Andros, Bahamas

This population of reddish Polistes (subgenus Aphanilopterus) is only known from a single iNaturalist observation, but its coloration is distinct from every other known Polistes in the literature. It is likely a new species endemic to Andros Island and a sister taxon to Polistes bahamensis. Andros Island is critically undersampled, so I wouldn't be surprised if there were several new species of Polistes hidden within its mangrove forests.
Female - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/26069919 @readingbrainbow

4 - Polistes (Fuscopolistes) in Central and Eastern Mexico

This is a population of red Polistes (subgenus Fuscopolistes) in eastern and central Mexico. It likely represents either a new population of Polistes carolina or a new species. Or, there may be several different species mixed together. It's difficult to tell from photos. However, there are no documented red Fuscopolistes from central or eastern Mexico.
Female (COAH) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/51436774 @jesusnc25
Female (SLP) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10195236 @bodofzt
Female (SLP) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10280481 @bodofzt
Male (HGO) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31519388 @cris-tzabcan
Female (HGO) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/29398488 @carmengalindo
Female (HGO) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/15536557 @edgarsrmzc19
Female (AGS) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/61060050 @najera_tutor
Female (AGS) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/32245406 @najera_tutor

5 - Mischocyttarus (Phi) in Central Mexico

This is a population of red Mischocyttarus (subgenus Phi) in central Mexico. There are no other species that look like this. It likely represents a new species endemic to the southern Mexican plateau.
Female (SLP) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/50047161 @luisstevens
Male (JAL) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/18806614 @ehecatlheloderm

6 - Polistes (Palisotius) in Central Mexico

This is a population of red Polistes (subgenus Palisotius) in central Mexico. It likely represents a new subspecies of Polistes major, or a significant range extension of Polistes major castaneicolor (which is known from Arizona and Sonora).
Male (GTO) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/55540783 @eric1133
Male (MICH) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/23820908 @alejandromijangosbetanzos
Male (MEX) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/116210032 @ehecatlheloderm
...and possibly these as well:
Female (MICH) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/18591912 @ekdelval
Females + Nest (MICH) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/24076539 @adidjimenez
Females + Nest (JAL) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/35329836 @tecmm_lagos

7 - Polistes (Aphanilopterus) in Baja California Sur, Mexico

This population of dark Polistes (subgenus Aphanilopterus) is only known from a single iNaturalist observation, but its coloration is distinct from every other known Polistes in the literature. It is likely to be a new color form or subspecies of Polistes lineonotus. This color form appears on page 160 of my wasp book under the name Polistes lineonotus.
Female - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/36446215 @donnamiller

8 - Polistes (Aphanilopterus) in Southern Mexico

This is a population of dark Polistes (subgenus Aphanilopterus) in south-central Mexico. It is darker than Polistes canadensis and it has darker markings on its antennae than Polistes franciscanus. It likely represents a new species (or a subspecies of Polistes canadensis) endemic to the region.
Female (OAX) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/94674811 @jared-near
Female (GRO) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/105791506 @zihuadean
Female (GRO) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/64822668 @elielziga

9 - Polistes (Aphanilopterus) in Central America

This is a population of dark Polistes (subgenus Aphanilopterus) with white wing tips from the Sierra Madre of southern Mexico and Central America. They mimic the warning color pattern Parachartergus wasps. One Neotropical species, Polistes apicalis, can have white wing tips in parts of its range in South America. However, Polistes apicalis never has white wings in northern South America or Central America. The location of this population makes it likely to represent a new species. This population was originally pointed out to me by @matthias22.
Females + Nest (OAX) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/15309118 @d_b
Females + Nest (El Salvador) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/63589754 @cugel

10 - Polistes (Fuscopolistes) in Guatemala

This is a population of red-and-black Polistes (subgenus Fuscopolistes) from central Guatemala. They superficially resemble Polistes metricus from the eastern USA, but they are geographically isolated and their habitat is completely different. This population likely represents a new species endemic to Guatemala.
Female (GT) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/104607429 @henryzulu
Male - (GT) https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/88696108 @saban-sequen
Female - (GT) https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/66444964 @gpasch
Female - (GT) https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/84492664 @juanitoescamilla

11 - Polistes (Aphanilopterus) from Costa Rica to Colombia

This is a population of red-and-black Polistes (subgenus Aphanilopterus) with bright yellow spots on the propodeum found from Costa Rica to Colombia. Its coloration is distinct from every other known Polistes in the literature, and it likely represents a new species as a sister taxon to Polistes versicolor.
Female (CR) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/104538251 @bernalarce
Female (PA) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/85582460 @kentvanvuren
Female (PA) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/59195952 @ocm
Female (CO) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/66482299 @luisfranciscomadrin

@matthias22 @pedro3111 @jonathan142 @jfmantis @susanna_h @caseyborowskijr @benjamin189 @ineeley @aliandbrice @barthelemy @villu @johnascher @raycama @brandonh

Please let me know if you discover anything new about these populations, or if you describe any of them as new species!

Yours in Wasps,
Chris Alice Kratzer

P.S. I forgot what day it was. This is not an April Fool's prank.

Posted on April 01, 2022 18:26 by humanbyweight humanbyweight | 9 comments | Leave a comment

March 13, 2022

Cicadas at the CUIC

On 3/11/2022 I was able to photograph most identified North American Cicadid specimens at the Cornell University Insect Collection (CUIC). I prioritized uploading photos of species that have 5 or fewer observations on iNaturalist. See below for the full list.

CICADETTINAE
Carineta martiniquensis - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108484834
Carineta postica
Carineta viridicollis - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108485118
Cicadettana calliope calliope
Cicadettana calliope floridensis
Cicadettana kansa - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108485870
Herrera ancilla - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108485425
Herrera lugubrina - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108485426
**I did not take photos of Magicicada, though the collection of this genus was quite large
Taphura cernuunca - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108485564
Taphura hastifera - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108485566

CICADINAE: CRYPTOTYMPANINI
Cacama moorei
Cacama valvata
Cacama variegata - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108488331
Diceroprocta apache
Diceroprocta aurantiaca
Diceroprocta azteca
Diceroprocta bakeri - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108488691
Diceroprocta bequaerti - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108488692
Diceroprocta biconica
Diceroprocta bonhotei - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108488694
Diceroprocta cinctifera
Diceroprocta delicata
Diceroprocta eugraphica
Diceroprocta knighti - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108488698
Diceroprocta lucida - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108488699
Diceroprocta olympusa
Diceroprocta semicincta
Diceroprocta swalei
Diceroprocta texana
Diceroprocta viridifasciata
Diceroprocta vitripennis
Hadoa bifidus - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108488284
Hadoa chiricahua
Hadoa duryi
Hadoa inaudatus
Hadoa montezuma - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108488285
Hadoa parallelus
Hadoa sugdeni - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108488286
Hadoa texanus
Hadoa townsendi
Megatibicen auletes
Megatibicen cultriformis
Megatibicen dealbatus
Megatibicen dorsatus
Megatibicen figuratus
Megatibicen pronotalis pronotalis
Megatibicen pronotalis walkeri
Megatibicen resh
Megatibicen resonans
Neotibicen auriferus
Neotibicen bermudianus
Neotibicen canicularis
Neotibicen davisi
Neotibicen lyricen engelhardti
Neotibicen lyricen lyricen
Neotibicen lyricen virescens
Neotibicen latifasciatus
Neotibicen linnei
Neotibicen pruinosus pruinosus
Neotibicen similaris
Neotibicen superbus
Neotibicen tibicen australis
Neotibicen tibicen tibicen
Neotibicen winnemanna

CICADINAE: FIDICININI
Beameria venosa
Dorisiana amoena - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108487332
Dorisiana bogotana - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108487334
Dorisiana semilata - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108487333
Dorisiana viridis - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108487335
Fidicina mannifera
Fidicina torresi
Fidicinoides cachla
Fidicinoides compostela - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108487631
Fidicinoides determinata - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108487632
Fidicinoides fumea - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108487633
Fidicinoides passerculus - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108487634
Fidicinoides picea - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108487635
Fidicinoides pronoe
Majeorona truncata - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108487896
Ollanta modesta - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108487898
Pacarina championi - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108487900
Pacarina puella
Pacarina schumanni - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108487901
Pacarina shoemakeri
Proarna hilaris
Proarna insignis
Proarna invaria - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108488074
Proarna olivieri - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108488075
Proarna pulverea - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108488076
Proarna sallaei
Quesada gigas

CICADINAE: LEPTOPSALTRIINI
Neocicada heiroglyphica heiroglyphica
Neocicada heiroglyphica johannis

CICADINAE: ZAMMARINI
Borencona aguadilla
Daza nayaritensis - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108486711
Dyticodopoea diriangani - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108487081
Juanaria poeyi - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108487080
Odopoea jamaicensis - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108487082
Odopoea stringipennis - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108487083
Uhleroides charliclo - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108487084
Uhleroides maestra - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108487085
Uhleroides sagrae - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108487086
Uhleroides walkerii - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108487087
Zammara calochroma
Zammara smaragdina
Zammara smaragdula
Zammara tympanum

TIBICININAE
Clidophleps distanti
Okanagana balli
Okanagana bella
Okanagana canadensis
Okanagana fumipennis
Okanagana hesperia
Okanagana luteobasalis - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108486260
Okanagana magnifica
Okanagana nigrodorsata
Okanagana occidentalis
Okanagana oregona
Okanagana ornata
Okanagana rimosa rimosa
Okanagana simulata - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108486314
Okanagana striapes - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108486348
Okanagana synodica
Okanagana tristis rubrobasalis - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108486450
Okanagana tristis tristis
Okanagana tanneri - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108486451
Okanagana triangulata
Okanagana utahensis
Okanagana vanduzeei
Okanagana wymorei
Platypedia areolata
Platypedia laticapitata
Platypedia mohavensis rufescens - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108486165
Platypedia minor
Platypedia putnami lutea
Platypedia putnami putnami
Platypedia vanduzeei
Selymbria pluvialis - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108485869
Tibicinoides cupreosparsa - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108485984
Tibicinoides minuta

I would be happy to upload any of the other photos upon request.
@dan_johnson @weecorbie @roshan2010 @willc-t @easmeds @bugsoundsjc @billreynolds @zdanko @upupa-epops @lotteryd @billhubick @mmmmbugs @udcmrk @jhousephotos @ineeley @magicicada @sambiology @vlnunes @aguilita @ozzicada

Posted on March 13, 2022 14:37 by humanbyweight humanbyweight | 16 comments | Leave a comment

September 11, 2021

Preorders for "The Social Wasps of North America" AVAILABLE NOW!

Hello everyone!

My new book, "The Social Wasps of North America", is now available for preorder at https://www.owlflyllc.com/product-page/the-social-wasps-of-north-america!

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Writing this book has been a truly incredible journey, and I am so, so grateful to all the people who helped me along the way. I've learned so much about these wonderous and misunderstood creatures. And soon I get to share over 400 pages of nature facts with all of you!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best regards,
Chris Alice Kratzer


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Escribir este libro ha sido un viaje realmente increíble, y estoy tan, tan agradecido por toda la gente que me ayudó. He aprendido mucho sobre estas criaturas maravillosas e incomprendidas. Y pronto puedo compartirlo más que 400 páginas con todos ustedes!

Si tienes preguntas, por favor, no dudes en ponerte en contacto conmigo.

Saludos,
Chris Alice Kratzer

Posted on September 11, 2021 02:51 by humanbyweight humanbyweight | 0 comments | Leave a comment

July 13, 2021

Book Cover Ideas

I'm trying to choose a cover design for my new book. Which one do you like best? Survey attached!
https://twitter.com/humanbyweight/status/1414996168476708864

Posted on July 13, 2021 17:17 by humanbyweight humanbyweight | 5 comments | Leave a comment

June 21, 2021

Periodical Cicada Survey II - Kingwood Twsp. NJ

On June 12 2021 at about 4:00 PM, @gabekramer and I ran a quick survey of Magicicada species present in my backyard in Kingwood Township NJ, where we simply wandered around and tallied every cicada we caught.

We caught 97 cicadas in about 30 minutes:

M. cassinii (male) - 32
M. cassinii (female) - 54
M. septendecim (male) - 0
M. septendecim (female) - 0
M. septendecula (male) - 1
M. septendecula (female) - 0

Tenerals: 0
Nymphs: 0
M. cicadina fungus: 0

Posted on June 21, 2021 19:02 by humanbyweight humanbyweight | 0 comments | Leave a comment

June 07, 2021

Wasp Book Update // Actualización del Libro de las Avispas

Hello all!

Most of you already know this, but I have an upcoming book about every species of social wasp (Vespinae, Polistinae, & Microstigmus) in North America. The book contains over 900 full-color anatomical illustrations of 208 species. I want to give a quick status update here:

My publisher is Pollination Press (https://www.pollinationpress.com). I submitted the first draft of the manuscript to my editor in mid-April, and - after working through the first big batch of revisions - I submitted the second draft last week. Optimistically (and barring any potential setbacks), the release date for my book should be late summer / early fall of this year.

Thank you again to everyone who provided photos for this project! I will send a personal message to everyone who was involved as soon as preorders are available.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the book or the publication process.

Thank you for your support!
Chris Alice Kratzer

EDIT 7/21/2021: Due to unforeseen circumstances, my publisher has had to downsize and I will be self-publishing through Owlfly LLC (https://www.OwlFlyLLC.com).

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¡Hola a todos!

La mayoría de ustedes ya saben esto, pero tengo un libro próximo sobre cada especie de avispa social (Vespinae, Polistinae, & Microstigmus) en America del Norte. El libro contiene más de 900 ilustraciones anatómicas a todo color de 208 especies. Quiero dar una actualización rápida del estado aquí:

Mi editor es Pollination Press (https://www.pollinationpress.com). Presenté el primer borrador del manuscrito a mediados de abril, y - despues de trabajando a través del primer lote de revisiónes - presenté el segundo borrador la semana pasada. Con optimismo (salvo posibles contratiempos), la fecha de lanzamiento por mi libro debe ser a finales de verano / principios de otoño esta año.

¡Gracias en nuevo para todos que proporcionaron fotos para este projecto! Enviaré un mensaje personal a todos los que participaron tan pronto como los pedidos anticipados estén disponibles.

Por favor, avísame si tienes alguna duda sobre el libro o el proceso de publicación.

¡Gracias por tu apoyo!
Chris Alice Kratzer

Posted on June 07, 2021 22:23 by humanbyweight humanbyweight | 3 comments | Leave a comment

May 31, 2021

Periodical Cicada Survey - Kingwood Twsp. NJ

Today (May 31 2021 at 4:30 PM) I ran a quick survey of Magicicada species present in my backyard in Kingwood Township NJ, where I simply wandered around and tallied every cicada I caught.

I caught 100 cicadas in about 20 minutes:

M. cassinii - 88
M. septendecim - 9
M. septendecula - 3

I think there were a greater percentage of M. septendecim present than the ones I tallied. They tended to roost higher in vegetation.

Posted on May 31, 2021 20:46 by humanbyweight humanbyweight | 1 comment | Leave a comment

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