16 de setembro de 2021

Shipping to Canada is Now Available

Hello all!

Shipping to Canada is now available for my new book! Taxes and import duties for books shipped internationally are very complicated, so we wanted to ensure that things will go smoothly. Thank you for your patience!
https://www.owlflyllc.com/product-page/the-social-wasps-of-north-america

Publicado em 16 de setembro de 2021, 05:43 PM por humanbyweight humanbyweight | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

11 de setembro de 2021

Preorders for "The Social Wasps of North America" AVAILABLE NOW!

Hello everyone!

My new book, "The Social Wasps of North America", is now available for preorder at https://www.owlflyllc.com/product-page/the-social-wasps-of-north-america!

Any iNaturalist user can use the coupon code "PicnicCrashers" at checkout for 10% off.

Writing this book has been a truly incredible journey, and I am so, so grateful to all the people who helped me along the way. I've learned so much about these wonderous and misunderstood creatures. And soon I get to share over 400 pages of nature facts with all of you!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best regards,
Chris Alice Kratzer


Hola a todos!

Mi libro nuevo, "The Social Wasps of North America", está disponible a https://www.owlflyllc.com/product-page/the-social-wasps-of-north-america!

Alguno usuario de iNaturalist o Naturalista puede usar el código de cupón <> al momento de pagar para 10% de descuento.

Escribir este libro ha sido un viaje realmente increíble, y estoy tan, tan agradecido por toda la gente que me ayudó. He aprendido mucho sobre estas criaturas maravillosas e incomprendidas. Y pronto puedo compartirlo más que 400 páginas con todos ustedes!

Si tienes preguntas, por favor, no dudes en ponerte en contacto conmigo.

Saludos,
Chris Alice Kratzer

Publicado em 11 de setembro de 2021, 02:51 AM por humanbyweight humanbyweight | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

13 de julho de 2021

Book Cover Ideas

I'm trying to choose a cover design for my new book. Which one do you like best? Survey attached!
https://twitter.com/humanbyweight/status/1414996168476708864

Publicado em 13 de julho de 2021, 05:17 PM por humanbyweight humanbyweight | 5 comentários | Deixar um comentário

21 de junho de 2021

Periodical Cicada Survey II - Kingwood Twsp. NJ

On June 12 2021 at about 4:00 PM, @gabekramer and I ran a quick survey of Magicicada species present in my backyard in Kingwood Township NJ, where we simply wandered around and tallied every cicada we caught.

We caught 97 cicadas in about 30 minutes:

M. cassinii (male) - 32
M. cassinii (female) - 54
M. septendecim (male) - 0
M. septendecim (female) - 0
M. septendecula (male) - 1
M. septendecula (female) - 0

Tenerals: 0
Nymphs: 0
M. cicadina fungus: 0

Publicado em 21 de junho de 2021, 07:02 PM por humanbyweight humanbyweight | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

07 de junho de 2021

Wasp Book Update // Actualización del Libro de las Avispas

Hello all!

Most of you already know this, but I have an upcoming book about every species of social wasp (Vespinae, Polistinae, & Microstigmus) in North America. The book contains over 900 full-color anatomical illustrations of 208 species. I want to give a quick status update here:

My publisher is Pollination Press (https://www.pollinationpress.com). I submitted the first draft of the manuscript to my editor in mid-April, and - after working through the first big batch of revisions - I submitted the second draft last week. Optimistically (and barring any potential setbacks), the release date for my book should be late summer / early fall of this year.

Thank you again to everyone who provided photos for this project! I will send a personal message to everyone who was involved as soon as preorders are available.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the book or the publication process.

Thank you for your support!
Chris Alice Kratzer

EDIT 7/21/2021: Due to unforeseen circumstances, my publisher has had to downsize and I will be self-publishing through Owlfly LLC (https://www.OwlFlyLLC.com).

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¡Hola a todos!

La mayoría de ustedes ya saben esto, pero tengo un libro próximo sobre cada especie de avispa social (Vespinae, Polistinae, & Microstigmus) en America del Norte. El libro contiene más de 900 ilustraciones anatómicas a todo color de 208 especies. Quiero dar una actualización rápida del estado aquí:

Mi editor es Pollination Press (https://www.pollinationpress.com). Presenté el primer borrador del manuscrito a mediados de abril, y - despues de trabajando a través del primer lote de revisiónes - presenté el segundo borrador la semana pasada. Con optimismo (salvo posibles contratiempos), la fecha de lanzamiento por mi libro debe ser a finales de verano / principios de otoño esta año.

¡Gracias en nuevo para todos que proporcionaron fotos para este projecto! Enviaré un mensaje personal a todos los que participaron tan pronto como los pedidos anticipados estén disponibles.

Por favor, avísame si tienes alguna duda sobre el libro o el proceso de publicación.

¡Gracias por tu apoyo!
Chris Alice Kratzer

Publicado em 07 de junho de 2021, 10:23 PM por humanbyweight humanbyweight | 3 comentários | Deixar um comentário

31 de maio de 2021

Periodical Cicada Survey - Kingwood Twsp. NJ

Today (May 31 2021 at 4:30 PM) I ran a quick survey of Magicicada species present in my backyard in Kingwood Township NJ, where I simply wandered around and tallied every cicada I caught.

I caught 100 cicadas in about 20 minutes:

M. cassinii - 88
M. septendecim - 9
M. septendecula - 3

I think there were a greater percentage of M. septendecim present than the ones I tallied. They tended to roost higher in vegetation.

Publicado em 31 de maio de 2021, 08:46 PM por humanbyweight humanbyweight | 1 comentário | Deixar um comentário

10 de fevereiro de 2021

Looking for photos of adult Polistes wasps without wings

Hello all!

I know I've seen a bunch of photos on iNaturalist of adult Polistes wasps without wings, but now I can't seem to find them. If you happen to see any, please let me know!

Thanks,
Chris

Publicado em 10 de fevereiro de 2021, 08:12 PM por humanbyweight humanbyweight | 5 comentários | Deixar um comentário

09 de maio de 2020

More old photos incoming.

I avoided uploading photos taken during field work, but I've been given the go-ahead to upload them now. Odonates & Leps, here we come!

Publicado em 09 de maio de 2020, 04:05 PM por humanbyweight humanbyweight | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

30 de novembro de 2019

More Old Photos Incoming!

Be warned.

Publicado em 30 de novembro de 2019, 03:47 PM por humanbyweight humanbyweight | 1 comentário | Deixar um comentário

31 de maio de 2019

Major Takeaways from the AMNH

Mischocyttarus:
I'm much less confident about separating the darker southern forms of M. m. mexicanus and M. a. angulatus, and it's likely that I mis-ID'd all the observations in Mexico.

Agelaia:
Agelaia are way more difficult to ID to species than I previously thought, and pretty much all the IDs I've suggested should be reconsidered.

  1. As far as I can tell, A. areata is impossible to visually distinguish from the yellower forms of A. yepocapa (though it looks like the darker forms of A. yepocapa can be separated), a striped form of A. pallipes, and the yellower forms of A. x. xanthopus (by patterns alone).
  2. As far as I can tell, A. cajenennsis is visually identical to A. pleuralis (by patterns alone).
  3. As far as I can tell, A. yepocapa is visually identical to A. x. xanthopus (by patterns alone).

More to come as I upload my poor-quality photos of the collections to iNaturalist.

Publicado em 31 de maio de 2019, 09:18 PM por humanbyweight humanbyweight | 2 comentários | Deixar um comentário