Cunningham 15 km west of Yécora,
Sonora, Mexico, August 2005.
Photo by Frank Hovore.
Rich has a long-time interest
in all scarab beetles. He has amassed a considerable collection
that consists of 241 pinned specimens and 172 pounds
of uncurated, frozen specimens spanning four freezers located
in his dirt-floored basement bugroom, which consists of
walls made from plastic sheets nailed from
overhead floor joists.
Rich teaches high-school biology and coaches the wrestling team.
He co-edits the Scarabs newsletter. Rich is an excellent
and durable field collector. He once suffered the unfortunate
circumstance of getting some Barney Bait smeared
directly on his bare forearm, and he lived to tell the
tale. He was permanently affected . . . but he lived.