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Chrysus and Sula and Pixe , Oh My!

Posted on Jul 13, 2017 by in The OFI Blog |

Entomologist Dr. Ahrenholz pictured with some collections of lepidoptera (photo by Vincent Verrecchio)

Not everyone can say that they have cut open people in an operation room and faced off a swarm of army ants in the in a rainforest, but Dr. Dave Ahrenholz, MD, FACS has done both. Venturing far from the familiar surgical practices of operating on patients, Dr. Ahrenholz has trekked in Ecuadorian rainforests as a Smithsonian Research Associate of the Department of Entomology at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) on a mission to photograph and identify all the rare or unknown insects of the lepidopteran order. Specializing in research on Riodinidae, or Metalmarks, Dr. Ahrenholz is currently working with Instituto Ecuatoriano Forestal y de Areas Naturales (INEFAN) to document the behavior of these butterflies. The Smithsonian is preparing to publish a book with his collected data on Ecuadorian Metalmarks. Want to find out more about this fascinating lepidopteran conservationist? Don’t bug yourself; click here to read more!