Mike Quinn, Austin, TX Curador

Entrou: 04 de out. de 2013 Última vez ativo: 04 de dez. de 2022 iNaturalist Monthly Supporter since julho 2022

My Primary Websites

These are the main sites I use to check my iNat dets.

Texas Beetle Links | Travis Co. Beetles | BugGuide | GBIF |


M.Sc. in Entomology, B.Sc. in Wildlife from Texas A&M.

First Invertebrate Biologist for Texas Parks & Wildlife.

Curatorial Assistant, University of Texas Insect Collection, Austin.

Most of what I know about beetles, I learned under the close tutelage of Edward G. Riley since 1993, but I only started studying beetles in earnest since 2009.


I mostly work on the Beetles of Texas, but also on the beetles of Oklahoma, Arizona and New Mexico.

Active editor of BugGuide where most of my invert pix were originally posted. I have contributed to the editing of nearly every Texas beetle Info page on BugGuide.

Am among the top posters of beetle spp. to iNat.

My second favorite group after beetles are Hemiptera, but when not working on insects, I dearly love walking down trials recording many of the plants I encounter!

Beetle Photography and Finding Tips:

Please note that there are >7,850 beetle spp. in Texas so getting the best photo possible is important to get an identification.
Try to include at least one straight dorsal shot, preferably with the insect vertically positioned
Beetle groups that should also be shot from the rear are Bostrichids, Bruchines and Scolytines
If shooting against a white background, increase exposure ~2 stops
To ID a mystery beetle, try scrolling through my Travis County Beetle Survey page of >1,000 spp.

To go beyond just the insects that come to flowers or UV lights, one really needs to beat and sweep the vegetation
I primarily live collect insects and shoot them via Canon's seminal MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens w/ a ring flash against a white background. I feel that ring flashes are underappreciated in their speed and effectiveness in rapidly acquiring great insect shots. More details on my field and photo techniques here.

Museum Work

I mostly photograph specimens from UTIC (Austin) and TAMUIC (College Station), but have also briefly worked w collections in AZ, AR, DC, FL, IL, LA, OH, OK, NM, NY, and VA. I encourage folks to collect insects that come to their lights and donate the spmns to a prominent local insect collection. Please contact me for more information.


Austin, TX

Profile photo ca. 2014

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