Connor E.J. Graham

Joined: Oct 01, 2020 Last Active: May 17, 2021 iNaturalist

I'm in middle school and live in Marion County, Oregon, USA. I love natural sciences including geology and entomology, and collect insects(mainly beetles) and scorpions for both my 4-H and personal collections. Currently my collection consists of over 200 species, and just over 2,015 specimens.

  • The N. brevicollis journal is coming to an end, as only one adult is left, and one larva is as well.
  • I also raise Tenebrio molitor in old Walkers Shortbread tins, cans, or other containers with sand or sawdust/soil in them. With these, I use some of the larvae to feed my Nebria brevicollis larvae, as well as the two Pseudacris regilla(Northern Pacific Tree Frogs) that I keep in another large terrarium in my bedroom. The other larvae are kept and are raised until they pupate, and then become adults, then I let them mate on their own accord and retrieve eggs when I find them. Then I let these hatch and the cycle continues. I also do not have to worry about any of the mealworm(Tenebrio molitor) larvae, or the adults escaping, because if they do, my cats will find them. And my cat Rocket(fluffy tuxedo) will normally eat the larvae if he finds them and play with the adults until I find him. My cat Lillie(shorthair tortoiseshell) will also eat the larvae if she finds them, but if she finds any adults, she does the same thing that she does every time she finds a beetle larger than a ladybird beetle. She plays with it, and if she stuns it and it stops moving, she finds it boring and decides to pick it up in her mouth and bring it back to my bedroom(whether I am in it or not!) Sometimes I find this helpful if it is still in good condition, because it means that I get a free specimen, unless it is one that I raised or if it is destroyed. And my cat Bond(shorthair grey and white) will eat it no matter what life stage it is.
  • I just got three chickens on the 28th of March, 2021!
  • As Nebria brevicollis is one of, if not the most common carabid beetle in the Salem-Keizer area, I can easily locate more to observe and take notes on, or to collect. This also means that they are quite easy, in my opinion, to have as a study topic because there are always some individuals(or groups of them) hiding somewhere nearby. I find Nebria brevicollis quite fascinating, and they are now ranking up near, or at, the top of my long list of favorite insects! Between trial and error, as well as help and information from friends, I am slowly learning more and more about this amazing species!
  • I love learning new things on numerous topics, and I am most interested in Carabidae, Aphodiinae, and Cicadellidae, but I do collect a smallish variety of other groups on occasion as well. Now, when I am out working in the field, collecting or otherwise, I will be logging the date, location, time, and assumed species whenever I come across beetles, ants, hoppers, or other insects that sit still long enough for me to determine what they are. I will sometimes forget to check the localities when identifying observations, and please, do call me out on it, and I will probably change my ID. And sometimes you may need to tag me for me to see that the ID was incorrect, as I will sometimes miss new notifications.
    I am also now on iNatForum
    Best regards from Oregon, everyone!

-Most children have a bug period, and I never grew out of mine.
— Edward O. Wilson

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