Juan Cepeda Espinosa

Joined: Jul 10, 2019 Last Active: Aug 04, 2021 Natusfera

I am a 19 years old Colombian nature enthusiast and current biology student.
My life-long fascination for animals started with dinosaurs, then spiders and more recently insects. They are also what I enjoy observing the most along with spiders, reptiles and amphibians.

I'm just an amateur, but I have learned a lot in the last few years, and thanks to iNaturalist, BugGuide and other sites/literature, I am able to recognize all sorts of insects. My favorite groups are Sphecidae sensu lato (Digger wasps), Pompilidae and Ichneumonidae, although I often dabble in other Hymenopterans, and Dipterans (Asilidae, Tachinidae, Syrphidae).

Upcoming projects:
-Visual key for photo/field ID of Megarhyssa spp. of the U.S and Canada - with @zdanko
-Guide to the families of Hymenoptera in the Nearctic - with @zdanko
-Visual key for photo/field ID of Psorthaspis spp. of the U.S (After the Megarhyssa key is finished. right now it is just an idea, suggestions of other genera that need help with ID are welcome).

I also created a project to group Parasitic wasps, you can check it out by clicking here.

In the future I would like to have solitary wasps as my field of expertise, especially Crabronidae, Pompilidae, Ichneumonidae, and Sphecidae.

If you would like to show your gratitude, or support what I do, please consider donating.

Wasps are a fascinating group, and by learning more about them I hope to be able to remove the stigma that has become so commonplace in our society. Next time you see a wasp, say to yourself: "This is a pollinator, a biological control, an architect... not a killing machine that is out to get me." (Even if it is a Vespid!).

I also pretend to be a photographer- check out my Instagram and Flickr.

Join me and hundreds of naturalists at our unofficial iNaturalist Discord.

Gear: Canon Powershot XS70 HS / ZTE Z891 + Macro lens.

Currently based in Madrid, Spain.

Profile picture is me in the NJ Pine Barrens.

If you would like to use my images, or if you have any feedback, questions, etc., feel free to message me.

Last updated: 01/07/21

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