Ben Kurek

Unido: 01.abr.2017 Última actividad: 09.ago.2022 iNaturalist Australia Patrocinador mensual desde marzo 2022

I am an amateur arachnologist and naturalist specialising in the Huntsmen of Australia. I have always had a particular fascination in arthropods and the natural world, particularly spiders and insects (Huntsmen and moths currently being my favourites). I am the spider specialist at the Entomological Society of Victoria, a non-profit scientific society and can provide spider ID’s and spider information. I am not an expert or a qualified arachnologist, simply an amateur, however I do consider myself knowledgeable in spiders. I enjoy spending time with people who share my interest and enjoy attending EntSocVic meetups to set up moth sheets to record described and undescribed species of moths, as well as heading into the bush to do macrophotography (which we do before we set up the sheets at night). I also am fascinated by a few vertebrate groups like birds and frogs. I like to record their calls to learn what they are. iNaturalist really motivates me to get out there and find something I haven't seen before, or maybe something that hasn't been photographed, or perhaps something new to science. I have started collecting invertebrate specimens for people that require certain taxa for their research projects. If anyone who is currently researching anything at the moment needs any specimens, please let me know. I have also started removing Vespula germanica (European Wasps) from the wild whenever I find them to help reduce their population and keep the native bees safe, I keep them in the freezer.

I currently do ID's for mainly the following taxa which I have grouped in this project:

...but have general knowledge in all Australian spiders so feel free to tag me if you require assistance.

I am currently working on an Australian huntsman field guide. If you have any macro shots of any Australian huntsmen, feel free to email them to me and I will give credit to you in the book. Don't mind the email, it was made when I was little because I was obsessed with the java computer program :D. I run two Huntsman pages, one on Facebook and another on Instagram. Photos are welcome to be sent to me to be uploaded on the Instagram page, but the photo must be your own, I will give credit to the original creator.

Based in Melbourne, Victoria.

Entomological Society of Victoria:

Australian Huntsmen links:

Huntsmen of New South Wales and the ACT:

Huntsmen of the Northern Territory:

Huntsmen of Queensland:

Huntsmen of South Australia:

Huntsmen of Tasmania:

Huntsmen of Victoria:

Huntsmen of Western Australia:

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