Jessee J. Smith

Joined: Apr 04, 2019 Last Active: May 15, 2022 iNaturalist Monthly Supporter since July 2020

Hello, fellow iNatter! I am grateful to be part of this community, where I focus primarily on identifying certain beetles, cicadas, and the local plants with which I'm familiar. I love Magicicada and tiger beetles, and I've particularly gotten into Calopteron lately, and the interesting web of species that mimic those foul-tasting lycids. I'm part of team Cicada Safari, working with my husband, Gene Kritsky, to map the distribution of the various broods of Magicicada. This year, we're looking for stragglers from broods X, XIV, and XIX.

I'm a graduate of Mount St. Joseph University in western Cincinnati, Ohio, with a B.S. in Natural Science, a B.A. in General Art, and a B.F.A. in Fine Art (Sculpture). I'm the copy editor of American Entomologist, the flagship journal of the Entomological Society of America, and I have served as copy editor and layout designer for several publications of the Ohio Biological Survey, including A Naturalist's Guide to the Fishes of Ohio (Dan Rice and Brian Zimmerman, 2019). I've also been a professional metalsmith and jewelry designer since 2003; many of my designs are inspired by insects and other natural wonders.

My iNat projects:
Just added: Magicicada Stragglers: 2022, tracking off-cycle periodical cicadas that emerge this year
Biodiversity of the Western Wildlife Corridor, a land trust organization protecting wild spaces on Cincinnati's West Side
Brood X Cicadas: 2021
Mimics of Calopterini and its sister project, Mimics of Calopterini (Identified)
What's Eating Cicadas?, a collection of Magicicada's predators

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