Blaine Mathison Curator

Joined: Sep 23, 2018 Last Active: Jan 26, 2022 iNaturalist

I am a professional parasitologist. Entomology is primarily a hobby but it does come into play in my job in the identification of arthropods of medical/public health concern.

My role here is primarily a specialist on Nearctic Elateridae and Throscidae (click beetles).

Given the volume of submission (esp. in the spring and summer) and time it takes, I am making some annotations to my identification processes and criteria:

  1. Please do not flag me for elaterids (or beetles in general) outside of the continental US, Canada, and Alaska. I don't want to appear uncooperative, but I don't have experience with extralimital taxa. Sorry.
  2. If you would like me to ID beetles other than Elateridae or Throscidae from North America, please flag my profile name so I will see them. My expertise in other families varies based on taxa and geographic distribution.
  3. In order to avoid having to sift through too many comment bubbles on things I have already reviewed, I have started to 'Unfollow' the following: 1) Coleoptera other than Elateridae and 2) Any Alaus I put an ID on. If there is anything you need me to go back and revisit or explain in detail, please flag my name so I am aware of it. Thanks.
  4. I am not infallible. If you feel I have made a misidentification of need explanation, please reach out and flag me.
  5. I will no longer put identifications on dead specimens that have been poorly preserved or mounted. If you want a dead specimen identified, please mount it properly per collection standards. If I see a misidentified beetle that is improperly mounted or preserved, I will ID it at the order level with a comment that a definitive ID will be given once the specimen is properly curated.
  6. Images that are not cropped properly, out-of-focus, taken in the shadows, or at unhelpful angles may not be identified (I will do my best to explain why).

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