It’s been a long hiatus for the great arthropod search, although this does not mean that arthropods have been far from my mind. Just the opposite- I’ve been working hard on my doctoral dissertation (on shrimp!) and blogging and photography have taken a bit of a back seat. However, in just a month I will be traveling to Panama as a short term fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute for three months. While there, I will be working on a project on infaunal shrimp, and I am certain that I will find many notable and beautiful arthropods to photograph and discuss on this site.
Last september, I found a late instar southern flannel moth caterpillar (Megalopyge opercularis), and soon after I brought it inside to photograph it began to spin its cocoon and pupate. I’ve kept this little guy in a container on my shelf, and I suspect that sometime in the near future it will emerge and I will release it. I think this little moth is a great symbol for photography and me in 2018, as I hope to reemerge from my cocoon and find some cool arthropods to photograph!