Mike Quinn, Austin, TX Curator

Joined: Oct 04, 2013 Last Active: May 22, 2022 iNaturalist

Beetle Photo Tips:

Please note that there are >7,500 beetle spp. in Texas so getting the best photo possible is important to get an identification.
Try for a straight dorsal shot with the insect vertically positioned
If shooting against a white background, increase exposure ~2 stops
I know hope springs eternal, but there are over 100 spp. of junebugs (Phyllophaga) in Texas and unless yours is one of the handful that are externally identifiable, your generic junebug will never be ID'ed to sp.


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.

Currently working on the Beetles of Texas and surrounding southwestern states.

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

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

Most of what I know about beetles, I learned under the direct tutelage of Edward G. Riley

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

I primarily 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 briefly 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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