This website is about some of the arachnids, insects, and myriapods that I have found and photographed while studying arthropods as a scientific hobby for over a decade. You can explore these subjects in the general categories above or pick a taxon in the systematic index. Thanks for visiting.
Derobrachus hovorei (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Prioninae), the palo verde root-borer, on my finger in Phoenix, Arizona.
Centruroides gracilis (Scorpiones: Buthidae), the slender brown scorpion, eating a newly captured frog in Grand Cayman (Caribbean).
Periplaneta australasiae (Blattodea: Blattidae), the Australian cockroach, on a cycad leaf in Bermuda.
Scutigera coleoptrata (Myriapoda: Chilopoda: Scutigeromorpha: Scutigeridae), the house centipede, in my apartment.
Sympetrum corruptum (Odonata: Anisoptera: Libellulidae), the variegated meadowhawk dragonfly. Dragonflies are entirely aquatic before they develop into the winged adult form, yet I found this dragonfly species in one of the driest deserts on Earth.
Pardosa lapidicina (Araneae: Lycosidae), the stone spider, a remarkable species that lives on shorelines, including rocky coasts along the open Atlantic Ocean.
A water-strider of the genus Aquarius (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Gerridae). Surprisingly, I found many active specimens of these aquatic insects amid cold conditions in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.