Joined: Mar 05, 2020 Last Active: Jun 28, 2022 iNaturalist Monthly Supporter since December 2020

Took a bit to figure out what to call myself here on INaturalist. I've settled on 'amateur entomologist.' The Amateur Entomologists' Society writes, "An entomologist is someone who takes an interest in insects, and studies them. They may be any age, and do not need to be professionals." After two years as a member, the focus has evolved to ecology; the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.

Photography has always been an interest of mine. No special equipment is necessary anymore to capture fascinating images although an upgrade is imminent. Currently using an old iPhone with a clip-on macro lens (15x). Preferably documentation is of living creatures or plants mostly in the lower desert of Arizona. Have a tendency to dig deep into the behaviors and scientific aspects of one subject at a time learning along the way. Usual routine is photograph a subject, obtain ID, learn taxonomy, find out who the prey and predators are, then learn about the host plant(s), A well-rounded amateur naturalist will hopefully emerge from following this passion.

Took a free online Entomologist class through Coursera called Bugs 101 by the University of Alberta. Highly recommend this class for beginner amateur entomologists. Enjoying this subject matter deviation from the human animal degree obtained, Master's of Science in Counseling.

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