K Schneider Curator

Joined: May 05, 2013 Last Active: Nov 27, 2022 iNaturalist Monthly Supporter since October 2019

I am a long-time volunteer in the Entomology department of the California Academy of Sciences and I've been photographing, collecting and trying to identify California arthropods since 2007. I have a special interest in the spiders of western North America, but I am also generally interested in terrestrial and freshwater arthropods in North America. I frequently use Bug Guide to get help with identifying the invertebrates I find. I am also an experienced birder, although that interest has gotten less attention over the last few years. I am trying hard to learn some basic botany and plant ID skills, with limited success. I've recently been interested in learning some of the lichens and mosses of California as well as exploring the world of freshwater microorganisms... so much to learn and so little time... :)

For those who are reluctant to collect insects or spiders, here is an excellent article by Greg Pohl that gives an entomologist's point of view:

For my reference in helping other folks:

Spider eye arrangement article from Lynette Elliott:

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