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"Every kid has a bug phase. I just never grew out of mine."

This quip by E. O. Wilson perfectly captures my own relationship with insects. As a child I began collecting and identifying the insects found throughout my family’s rural yard and quickly realized the astounding diversity of insects. These countless moments of discovery transformed a childhood fascination with “bugs” into my professional interest.

Today, I am the Collection Manager of the Purdue Entomological Research Collection in the Department of Entomology at Purdue University where I am responsible for over 1.3 million insect (and other arthropod) specimens—and photograph insects in any spare moment!

I also infrequently write about tiger beetles and conservation at Cicindela.

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