Ben Kurek

Joined: Apr 01, 2017 Last Active: Sep 28, 2022 iNaturalist Australia Monthly Supporter since March 2022

I am an amateur arachnologist and naturalist specialising in the huntsmen of Australia (Sparassoidea). I have always had a particular fascination in arthropods and the natural world, particularly spiders and insects (Huntsman spiders and moths currently being my favourites). I am a member of the Entomological Society of Victoria.

I currently do ID's for mainly the following taxa which I have grouped in this project: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/ben-s-ids

However, I have general knowledge in all Australian spiders so feel free to tag me if you require assistance. I can try to assist in a moth ID too, feel free to tag me for that also.

I am currently working on a huntsman field guide for the Victorian and Tasmanian species, if it does well then I will make an Australia wide version. If you have any macro shots of any Australian huntsmen, feel free to email them to me and I will give credit to you in the book. Don't mind the email, it was made when I was little because I was obsessed with the java computer program :D. I run two Huntsman pages, one on Facebook and another on Instagram. Photos are welcome to be sent to me to be uploaded on the Instagram page, but the photo must be your own, I will give credit to the original creator.

@java0updatebackup@gmail.com

Based in Melbourne, Victoria.

Entomological Society of Victoria: https://entsocvic.org.au/

Australian Huntsmen links:

Huntsmen of New South Wales and the ACT:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=6825&subview=map&taxon_id=47867&view=species

Huntsmen of the Northern Territory: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=9994&subview=map&taxon_id=47867&view=species

Huntsmen of Queensland:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=7308&subview=map&taxon_id=47867&view=species

Huntsmen of South Australia: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=6899&subview=map&taxon_id=47867&view=species

Huntsmen of Tasmania:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=6829&subview=map&taxon_id=47867&view=species

Huntsmen of Victoria: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=7830&subview=map&taxon_id=47867&view=species

Huntsmen of Western Australia:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=6827&subview=map&taxon_id=47867&view=species

Follow my Huntsman pages

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/australian_huntsman_spiders/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/653510652232424

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