Chris Mallory Curator

Joined: Jul 23, 2016 Last Active: Nov 20, 2019

Arizona-based naturalist dedicated to understanding North American Psylloidea.

Objectives
1. Build a photo library for all North American psyllid species. In 2006, Donald Chandler wrote in a comment on BugGuide that "no one knows the North American [psyllid] fauna right now," and at the time that was mostly true. Psyllids were poorly understood, rarely photographed, and almost nobody was identifying them. Eight years later and BugGuide was still only recognizing about 30 of the 300+ nearctic species, but as of 2019, thanks to the help of dedicated naturalists, nearly 40% of the fauna has been documented in photographs. I aim to provide host plant data and locality information with the goal of providing naturalists the information needed to help document and identify both common and rare psyllids throughout the continental US & Canada, and to encourage everyone to consider these and other small overlooked creatures.

On iNaturalist
I am broadly interested in all animals and plants and intend to use iNat to document everything I encounter in the wild. Other than psyllids, I am most knowledgeable about Hemiptera, especially phytophagous Hemiptera, and I try to regularly provide identifications or corrections to observations where I'm able. As of March 2019 I have reviewed approximately 2700/3700 psyllids, 11000/19000 planthoppers, and 3000/9000 sharpshooter leafhoppers on iNaturalist. If you are ever interested in how I made an ID, just ask and I would be happy to clarify or share resources and references.

I am interested in learning - especially the so-called "boring" technical details! I love explanations detailing how to distinguish one species from another, and which particular characters may be important to focus on in order to accurately identify a taxon. I am also interested in phytophagy and the relationships between insects and their host plants.

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