Silas Eckhardt

Liittynyt: 14. maaliskuuta 2021 Viimeksi aktiivinen: 6. helmikuuta 2023 iNaturalist Canada

I'm a high schooler, based in central Virginia. I am an amateur entomologist with a mostly specific interest in beetles.

I have a beetle collection -- specimens -- which has been growing over the two and a half years. Currently it has ~215 species, and 460 specimens as of last count. Most of the stuff from 2020 and 2021 have not lasted as they did not have good data or were damaged, so most of the specimens that make up those numbers are from 2022 and 2023 (so far). In early 2022 I got re-inspired (my collection had gone stale), and I threw away all of the bugs with little to no data and missing appendages, etc. Dr. Arthur Evans came to my school to find some rare beetles I had seen there earlier. I saw his techniques, and many of them I'm still using now. This helped me make my collection un-stale (also he helped me get my labels to where they are now), and has generously supported and helped me ever since I met him. He also helped me apply for (and win) the Youth Incentive Award (Coleopterists Society). This is going to fund a beetle survey for my school, any observations from 2023 for 8706 Quaker Lane, Bon Air are part of the survey. Large series will be collected, some (1-2 individuals per sp.) will be donated to the Virginia Museum of Natural History, some will be donated to my school, and the rest I will keep some of and send a few per species of buprestids to @pleocoma.

I usually take photos of insects live before pinning them, but this hasn't been very easy. I am saving up for a Nikon 5600 (DSLR). For the smaller bugs, I have a USB microscope (Plugable brand).

I am a bird watcher, lizard and snake enthusiast, and botanist too, though I'm not quite as interested in those. I live in a city (North Church Hill, Richmond, VA), so it is interesting to see which bugs and plants thrive in the urban environment in which I live. I attend a school that is surrounded by woods, hiking trails, and a pollinator meadow (wild). I often beat and sweep vegetation, flip rocks, peel bark, dip-net in the creek, and look on walls for beetles there.

I have been trying to get better at identifying but I still make plenty of mistakes, so please give me a ping or a message (I check iNat a lot so I should see it). If you want to contact me but don't have an account my email is: silas.eckhardt@gmail.com.

This is my year in review for 2021.

This is my year in review for 2022.

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