Blaine Mathison Curator

Joined: Sep 23, 2018 Last Active: Oct 02, 2022 iNaturalist

EDIT July 2, 2022: Due to the volume of submissions and the time it takes to make IDs and add comments, I will not make IDs on the following: 1) images not properly cropped, 2) images not in adequate focus, 3) images taken in the shadows, 4) improperly prepared specimens, 5) damaged specimens (eg, something 'stepped on'). If you flag me, I will do my best, but please note, everything I listed above further risks the chance of a misidentification.

About me:
I am a professional medical parasitologist. Entomology is primarily a hobby but it does come into play in my job in the identification of arthropods of medical/public health concern.

My role here is primarily a specialist on Nearctic Elateridae and Throscidae (click beetles).

Please read the following before flagging me:

  1. Please do not flag me for elaterids (or beetles in general) outside of the continental US, Canada, and Alaska. I don't want to appear uncooperative, but I don't have experience with extralimital taxa. Sorry.
  2. If you would like me to ID beetles other than Elateridae or Throscidae from North America, please flag my profile name so I will see them. My expertise in other families varies based on taxa and geographic distribution.
  3. In order to avoid having to sift through too many comment bubbles on things I have already reviewed, I have started to 'Unfollow' EVERYTHING. If there is anything you need me to go back and revisit or explain in detail, please flag my name so I am aware of it. Thanks.
  4. I am not infallible. If you feel I have made a misidentification of need explanation, please reach out and flag me.
  5. I will no longer put identifications on dead specimens that have been poorly preserved or mounted. If you want a dead specimen identified, please mount it properly per collection standards.

For those of you who collect models, toys, and figures of your favorite critters, I am an administrator for the Animal Toy Forum and editor for Animal Toy Blog. I have probably the most extensive collection of insect/arthropod figures :-D

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