Ok, a few infos about me: I work with Aculeata wasps and bees for 23 years now. Until 1998, I did a lot of resarch in Central Europe with a main focus on nature conservation, ecology and fauna. I published some Red Data books, identification keys (Andrena, Eumeninae, Mutillidae etc.) and many other topics (see http://www.bembix.de
for more info). Also, I founded and edited the journal "bembix" for more than 10 years.
In 1998, I left the field of professional Entomology and moved to a job in Industry. For about 7 years now, I work as a freelance trainer in communication (http://www.schmid-egger.de
) . I also changed my entomological interests and set my focus on Taxonomy of "Sphecids" and Pompilidae in the Palaearcic region. I revised some important genera, as Bembecinus, Gorytes etc. For the moment I work on a really challanging project, the Sphecid fauna of the United Arab Emirates. Because of lack of time, I minimized Aculeata research in Central Europe in the last years, with exception of the Alps, what is my most likely region beside deserts for collecting and beeing. I live in Germans capital Berlin, with a beautifull and rich nature around, even rich in Hymenoptera species.
With the new possibilites in development of internet and macro photography, we startet the http://www.hymis.de
project with our special hymenoptera gallery on http://www.galerie.hymis.de
, and I am proud that we growed within two years now to the world largest Hymenoptera photo gallery in the web. And it is still growing...
My interest in this forum (and in my scientific work) is mainly qualitiy, and also an easy transfer from scientific knowledge to public knowlege. With this, I wish to all of us many fun and success here in the forum.