Our first nano GigaPan

We’ve been quietly portaging our drawer images to the GigaPan website over these last few months, and more than 1,100 are now available for perusal and annotation. We’ve also partnered with other taxonomists and a library scientist to re-purpose many of the images and to more rigorously explore their utility. More on that later. Right now I want to highlight our first nano-scale GigaPan(!): This little ensign wasp (Hymenptera: Evaniidae: Acanthinevania sp.), collected in western Victoria, is not quite 1…

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ENT 502 collection exemplars

We’re in the process of imaging some of the student collections from last semester’s iteration of ENT 502. This is the foundational entomology class for graduate students, Insect Biodiversity and Evolution, which requires a fairly substantial collection as part of the grade. Students have written multiple times in their evaluations how useful it’d be to see collections from previous classes: the ranges of specimen numbers, morphospecies numbers, curation levels, labeling schemes, etc. What does a great collection look like? What…

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