PEOPLE

Jonathan Leeming - Author, Professional Speaker and Conservationist. Great educator in the field of scorpions and spiders. An unique human with a wicked sense of humour.


Dr. Art Evans -  Entomologist, author, lecturer, photographer, and broadcaster. Has a inordinate fondness of beetles!


Dr. Heather Campbell - Post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Pretoria. Highly skilled entomologist, taxonomist, myrmecologist and all round awesome person. Known by her friends as The Ant Lady. 


Dr. Charles Haddad - Entomologist, taxonomist, lecturer, great teacher, and spider genius. Is a new species magnet.


John Steward - Budding philanthropist, conservationist, and compassionate human being. Founder of Wild Tomorrow Fund.

Dr. Ian Engelbrecht - Invertebrate conservation scientist and former chairman of the Spider Club of South Africa. A champion of scorpions and an expert in Baboon spiders.


Dr. Stephen A. Marshall -Director of the University of Guelph Insect Collection, taxonomist and author. Stephen really likes flies!


Clinton Wright - Ecologist, conservationist, conversationist and awesome husband. Specialises in lions and African wild dogs and makes a mean cup of coffee.


Philip Jordaan - Herpetologist and pretty decent bloke. Great supporter of entomology, but I suspect it has more to do with reptiles having food in the wild.



PLACES

Tembe Elephant Park - my former home and the best place to see Nephila komaci. . 


Ndumo Game Reserve - my current violin spider infested home and a reserve with stunning wetlands and spiders galore.

Phinda Private Game Reserve - One of the most well run reserves in Africa with unique sand forest vegetation


Brazil - my beautiful home country.

 

 


USEFUL BOOKS

Field Guide to Insects of South Africa (Picker, Griffiths, and Weaving) - The best book for budding entomologists in South Africa


Insects: Their Natural History and Diversity: With a Photographic Guide to Insects of Eastern North America (Marshall) - A must for entomologists of north America. In the field photographs and wonderfully researched.


Scorpions of Southern Africa (Leeming) - A great start into the world of scorpions.

Field Guide to the Spiders of South Africa (Dippenaar-Schoeman) - The most comprehensive spider field guide in South Africa


Flies: The Natural History and Diversity of Diptera (Marshall)More than 2000 colour photographs and includes all the fly families in the world, a need for every collection.


Beetles of Eastern North America (Evans) - Just an excellent book all round.

 

 


ORGANIZATIONS

South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) 

Research, monitoring, and reporting on South Africa's biodiversity and formulates best practice management strategies


International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) 

Invertebrate Specialists Group Facebook page.

Entomological Society of Brazil 

All about Brazil's incredible arthropod biodiversity


Wild Tomorrow Fund - Conservation charity focusing on protecting African wildlife. Doing so much to support biodiversity conservation on the ground. 


BEST LINKS 

What's Bugging You? - The science backed musings of world renowned coleopterist Dr Arthur V. Evans. Includes links to a variety of top class insect identification sites and blogs.

The Smaller Majority - A photoblog with excellent photography and science by orthopterist Piotr Naskrecki.

Beetles in the Bush - A superb blog by Ted MacRae focusing on beetles

Insetologia - Excellent Brazilian website for identification of arthropods with English translation option.

iSpot Southern Africa - A wonderful site to explore Southern African biodiversity and get help with identifications.