Mike Quinn, Austin, TX Curator

Joined: Oct 04, 2013 Last Active: Jan 18, 2022 iNaturalist

M.Sc. in Entomology, B.Sc. in Wildlife from Texas A&M.

Curatorial Assistant, University of Texas Insect Collection, Austin.

First Invertebrate Biologist for Texas Parks & Wildlife.

Primarily interested in Texas Beetles, secondarily interested in Texas Heteroptera.

To ID a mystery beetle, try scrolling through my Travis County Beetle Survey page of >1,000 spp.

Still active editor/poster on BugGuide where most of my invert pix were originally posted

To go beyond just the insects that come to flowers or UV lights, one really needs to beat and sweep the vegetation

I mostly live collect insects and shoot them via Canon's seminal MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens w/ a simple ring flash against a white background. More details on my field and photo techniques here

I also work with specimens, mostly from UTIC (Austin) and TAMUIC (College Station), but have also worked w collections in AZ, AR, DC, FL, IL, LA, OH, OK, NM, NY, and VA.

Am among the top posters of beetle spp. to iNat.


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