Andrew Meeds Curador

Unido: 28.abr.2018 Última actividad: 28.nov.2021 iNaturalist Patrocinador mensual desde diciembre 2020

I'm very interested in stink bugs (Pentatomidae) and their close relatives. I don't have much in the way of formal taxonomy training though and I'm still learning, so if you want to know how I arrived at an ID or think I made a mistake (which is entirely possible), feel free to ask and I'll be happy to explain my reasoning. I won't always provide an explanation for an ID initially, but if you are curious about learning how to differentiate stink bugs or would like an explanation, let me know and I'm always happy to break things down. While I try to keep an eye on the ID page for Pentatomidae in North America, I don't have as much time to search through images anymore. Please feel free to tag me in observations where you think I may be able to help.

I'm also very interested in the role of insects in decomposition ecology and I work in forensic entomology. I work with blow flies (Calliphoridae) and do some IDs on them occasionally. My knowledge on this topic is more specific to Arizona and some blow flies are tricky for me to ID from photos, but if you have observations of carrion-associated insects, feel free to tag me! I would love to see them!

About me: My undergraduate studies were in Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri and I emphasized in plant protection, focusing heavily on my passion, insects. I am currently working as a lab manager at Arizona State University-West Campus for Lauren Weidner's forensic entomology lab (see lab website here: https://sites.google.com/a/asu.edu/fewl/home ) and have worked on a variety of insect groups at academic, industry, and federal labs (Podisus, Perillus, Euplectrus, Diabrotica). I'm also currently working on my M.S. in Entomology through a distance learning program with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

I do a lot of hiking and exploring and like to record what I come across, so I look forward to submitting a lot to this site and hopefully helping out on the identification end as well.

I am a contributing editor over on bugguide where I started posting when I was about 15 and am eternally thankful to all of the awesome and incredibly patient people on there that helped me grow my passion in entomology.

Guide to rearing stink bug nymphs to adulthood:
https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/ameeds/26981-rearing-stink-bug-nymphs-to-adulthood

Feel free to connect with me on these other platforms:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ameeds11/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ameeds11

Publications that used iNaturalist data (message me if you are interested in reading but can't find access):

Meeds, A. W., Eger Jr, J. E., & Carnahan, S. D. (2021). First record of Orsilochides scurrilis (Stål)(Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Scutelleridae: Pachycorinae) in the United States, with notes on the biology and distribution of US species of Orsilochides Kirkaldy.

Meeds, A. W., & Bertone, M. A. (2021). Alcaeorrhynchus grandis (Dallas)(Hemiptera: Pentatomidae: Asopinae) in North Carolina and Its Known Range in the United States. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 123(2), 432-436.

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