Erin Powell

Joined: Sep 26, 2017 Last Active: Nov 14, 2019

I am an arachnologist/entomologist/behavioural ecologist with a keen interest in invertebrates.

Photography shared here:
https://twitter.com/erincpow

I am in the final year of my PhD at the University of Auckland where I am working on the evolution, behaviour, and physiology of the endemic New Zealand harvestmen (Arachnida, Opiliones, Eupnoi, Neopilionidae)

Previously, I was at the University of Florida where I worked on projects with spider-hunting mud dauber wasps (Hymenoptera, Sphecidae) and jumping spiders (Araneae, Salticidae).

I enjoy macro photography and have many opportunities to shoot a wide range of taxa during my fieldwork.

My observations are currently biased towards the many micro Lepidoptera that fly into my porch lights, but my favorite taxa are the orders of Arachnida, Hymenoptera (particularly solitary hunting wasps), and Reduviidae (assassin bugs). I have an inordinate fondness for predators despite being a vegetarian myself!

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