Andrew Meeds Curator

Joined: Apr 28, 2018 Last Active: Sep 26, 2022 iNaturalist Monthly Supporter since December 2020

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1506-1450

I'm very interested in stink bugs (Pentatomidae) and Scutelleridae. I provide a lot of IDs and don't always leave an explanation, but if you want to know how I arrived at an ID or think I made a mistake, feel free to ask and I'll be happy to explain my reasoning. Please feel free to tag me in observations where you think I may be able to help.

I mostly focus on these groups in North America- but if you are in Central or South America, we have some extremely knowledgable pentatomoid experts on iNat from these areas. If you don't get an ID and are in those areas, feel free to tag me and I can try to tag in the appropriate expert.

I'm also very interested in the role of insects in decomposition ecology and I work in forensic entomology. I work with blow flies (Calliphoridae) and do some IDs on them occasionally. My knowledge on this topic is more specific to Arizona and some blow flies are tricky for me to ID from photos, but if you have observations of carrion-associated insects, feel free to tag me! I would love to see them!

About me: My undergraduate studies were in Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri and I emphasized in plant protection, focusing heavily on my passion, insects. I am currently working as a lab manager at Arizona State University-West Campus for Lauren Weidner's forensic entomology lab (see lab website here: https://sites.google.com/a/asu.edu/fewl/home ) and have worked on a variety of insect groups at academic, industry, and federal labs (Podisus, Perillus, Euplectrus, Diabrotica). I'm also currently working on my M.S. in Entomology through a distance learning program with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Voucher Specimens: I'm working to build some reference material, so I am happy to accept physical (dead) specimens of US Pentatomidae and Calliphoridae for identification. Especially interested in Arizona/southwestern specimens and in members of the pentatomid genus Chlorochroa (especially subgenus Rhytidolomia). Contact me if interested.

I am a contributing editor over on BugGuide where I started posting when I was about 15 and am eternally thankful to all of the awesome and incredibly patient people on there that helped me grow my passion in entomology.

If you are looking for ways to improve your observations to make species ID more possible, the best way is to provide multiple angles! A good dorsal shot (top-down view) is almost essential, but for many species, we also need a clear view of the ventral surface (the underside). If you can, a lateral view (side) can also be helpful.

Additionally, if you observe insects in association with plants, those associations can be very useful. Linking observations of plants to the insects that were on them gives us some great biological information.

Guide to rearing stink bug nymphs to adulthood:
https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/ameeds/26981-rearing-stink-bug-nymphs-to-adulthood

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ameeds11/
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