Connor E. J. Graham

Joined: Oct 01, 2020 Last Active: Feb 07, 2023 iNaturalist

Long live @catenatus
Living in Marion County, Oregon, USA. To grow up in a household where learning, especially about history and the natural world, is heavily encouraged has, and continues to, increase my opportunities for improving my knowledge. [While typing the draught for this, I lost my train of thought, so now I do not remember what I intended to add after the sentence prior to this. If I remember what it was, I will then edit this later. Cheers.]
I am an avid collector of Carabidae and Staphylinidae, but have ceased collection of many species in the Salem-Keizer area to avoid over-collection. Currently my insect collection consists of around 5,000 specimens and counting. I am a first year high school student, fifteen as of November 2022. If I have responded to a message sent by you, or a comment, and seemed thoroughly cold, it usually is not intentional, communication, be it in person, by mail, or online, is not one of my strong points. My profile description is a bit lengthy, please don't feel compelled to read the whole thing.

My knowledge of Carabidae primarily lie within the Nearctic, as well as the Palearctic regions, but I am trying to improve my knowledge of the Neotropical carabids as well. I direct much of my focus upon riparian and coastal carabids, though because of my current location of dwelling I am primarily posting carabids from within the city.
Myself and @reptipods are attempting to gather as many specimens as possible from all over the West Coast of North America, at two or more specimens of each species, preferably with verified IDs, in order to create a reliable synoptic collection. Though if we can gather specimens of the same species from many different locations, that would be great! As the amount of material, as well as photographic specimens grows, we are organising them all taxonomically into a website where the collection specimens will be displayed. Eventually, the website will be made public for others to use. If you are interested in swapping/exchanging specimens or would like to send a donation of specimens or supplies, please feel free to contact either @reptipods or myself, all specimens are appreciated.
Our goal is to form a complete collection of the Zopheridae and Carabidae found along the West Coast of North America; California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Southwestern Yukon, and Alaska. We are trying to, for the most part, gain access to specimens on our own, but trading is currently the best way for us to receive specimens that are not from locations where we often visit. Thank you to anyone who has helped us so far!

When it comes to entomology, I am almost fully self-taught, but have been finding many skilled entomologists, both professionals and hobbyists, who are helping me go to the next level! Thanks to all of my mentors, and anyone who has assisted and taught me!
PLEASE REMEMBER that I am not in any way a professional, I do not yet know all of the terms and loops in and around the entomological world, and am still learning.
I will sometimes forget to check the localities when identifying observations, and please, do call me out on it, and I will probably change my ID.
Currently working on an island biogeography project revolving around the carabids occurring in several locations along our branch of the Willamette River here in the Salem-Keizer area.

Summer 2023 I will be making it back to England for a few weeks.
Summer 2024 I will be going down to Costa Rica for just over a week for a nature trip connected to the high school I go to.

If you have any questions, comments, simply want to converse, or otherwise, please feel free to send an email to me either through iNaturalist, or through graham.connor.nebriinae@gmail.com
carabid_47#9486 on Discord

I stand with Ukraine and all who support it, I hope for this to end soon on good terms--preferably somewhat peaceful ones.
Check out my incredible partner @reptipods profile here on iNat
His jumping spider project; https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/salticidae-of-monterey-california-jumping-spiders
And all of the incredible observations he has made here; https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&user_id=reptipods&verifiable=any

Please don't try to sell me specimens, I will say no.

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