Charley Eiseman

Charley Eiseman

is creating guides to little-known herbivorous insects

29

patrons

$183

per month
Greetings! In June 2019, with the help of my Patreon patrons, I completed the first edition of Leafminers of North America, a self-published 1857-page e-book that I made available in 18 monthly installments of PDFs. This guide, liberally illustrated with color photographs, provides keys to the leaf mines that can be found on every plant in the continental US and Canada, along with information about the natural history and geographic distribution of each insect species involved. I plan to complete an updated second edition by the end of 2020.  There is more information about this project, including options for purchasing the full first edition, here.

Before I begin releasing the second edition in monthly installments, I plan to spend a good chunk of 2019 conducting additional leafminer surveys and finishing up a number of scientific papers that will be cited in the book.  These papers will document new observations for various groups of leaf-mining beetles, flies, and moths, including descriptions of new species.  (I have so far coauthored 45 species of leaf and stem miners, including ten in a paper that is currently in press; the rest are summarized here.)  I also hope to make progress on some papers about hymenopteran parasitoids of leafminers.

In addition, I am excited to get started on my new project: a complete guide to North American sawfly larvae.  Like Leafminers of North America, it will be organized by host plant, with an introductory section giving an overview of the different groups of sawflies and their natural history.

I will post an update here when I have determined my schedule for releasing the sawfly guide and the second edition of the leafminer guide, but in the meantime, any new patrons will begin receiving the first edition of Leafminers of North America in monthly installments.  I would work on these projects full-time if I didn't have to worry about income, so your support at any level would be most appreciated.  Thank you for your interest!



Tiers
Liriomyza
$1 or more per month
Every little bit helps!  At this level you will get access to my patron-only feed, where I will post updates on this project.


You will also get access to a new installment of the leafminer guide every three months.  If you are interested in getting the whole thing, be aware that it will take 4.5 years at this rate.

Dibolia
$2 or more per month
At this level you are helping to support my public BugTracks blog, in addition to getting access to my patron-only feed.


You will also get access to a new installment of the leafminer guide every two months.  It will take 3 years to get the whole first edition at this rate. 

Coptodisca
$5 or more per month
This is a regular subscription to the leafminer guide. 


At this level you will get access to a new installment every month, and will have the whole first edition by June 2019.

Fenusella
$10 or more per month
At this level you are supporting my work by investing more than a regular monthly subscription to the leafminer guide.


As a thank you, in addition to giving you immediate access to each new installment of the guide, at the end of each year in this tier I will send you a signed 8x10 print of one of my photographs (you get to choose which one).

Caloptilia
$20 or more per month
At this level you are supporting my work by investing much more than a regular monthly subscription to the leafminer guide. Your contribution by itself will cover all of my subscriptions to scientific journals.


As a thank you, in addition to all of the above, you will receive a 12-month leafminer-themed calendar each year.  I will send these out in October to all patrons who have contributed in this tier for at least three months.

Brachys
$50 or more per month
At this level you are supporting my work by investing much more than a regular monthly subscription to the leafminer guide. Your contribution by itself will make it possible for me to attend a conference where I can spread the word about my work.


In addition to all of the above, when you have contributed at this level for a year, you can join me and up to seven other patrons somewhere in New England for a full day of looking at leafminers and other invertebrate tracks and sign.

Lithariapteryx
$100 or more per month
At this level you are supporting my work by going way beyond a regular monthly subscription to the leafminer guide. 


In addition to all of the above, when you have contributed at this level for a year, I will give you (or a group of your choosing) a private workshop on leafminers and other invertebrate tracks and sign. This can be at a mutually agreeable location anywhere in New England or possibly, if it fits with my travel plans, somewhere else in North America.

Orchestomerus
$1,000 or more per month only 10 left
At this level you are really helping me move toward devoting all my time to natural history research, writing, and education. 


In addition to all of the above, if you keep it up for a full year, I will name a species after you!

Goals
$183 of $250 per month
When I reach $250 per month I will host a live chat to discuss your insect-related mysteries.
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Greetings! In June 2019, with the help of my Patreon patrons, I completed the first edition of Leafminers of North America, a self-published 1857-page e-book that I made available in 18 monthly installments of PDFs. This guide, liberally illustrated with color photographs, provides keys to the leaf mines that can be found on every plant in the continental US and Canada, along with information about the natural history and geographic distribution of each insect species involved. I plan to complete an updated second edition by the end of 2020.  There is more information about this project, including options for purchasing the full first edition, here.

Before I begin releasing the second edition in monthly installments, I plan to spend a good chunk of 2019 conducting additional leafminer surveys and finishing up a number of scientific papers that will be cited in the book.  These papers will document new observations for various groups of leaf-mining beetles, flies, and moths, including descriptions of new species.  (I have so far coauthored 45 species of leaf and stem miners, including ten in a paper that is currently in press; the rest are summarized here.)  I also hope to make progress on some papers about hymenopteran parasitoids of leafminers.

In addition, I am excited to get started on my new project: a complete guide to North American sawfly larvae.  Like Leafminers of North America, it will be organized by host plant, with an introductory section giving an overview of the different groups of sawflies and their natural history.

I will post an update here when I have determined my schedule for releasing the sawfly guide and the second edition of the leafminer guide, but in the meantime, any new patrons will begin receiving the first edition of Leafminers of North America in monthly installments.  I would work on these projects full-time if I didn't have to worry about income, so your support at any level would be most appreciated.  Thank you for your interest!



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Tiers
Liriomyza
$1 or more per month
Every little bit helps!  At this level you will get access to my patron-only feed, where I will post updates on this project.


You will also get access to a new installment of the leafminer guide every three months.  If you are interested in getting the whole thing, be aware that it will take 4.5 years at this rate.

Dibolia
$2 or more per month
At this level you are helping to support my public BugTracks blog, in addition to getting access to my patron-only feed.


You will also get access to a new installment of the leafminer guide every two months.  It will take 3 years to get the whole first edition at this rate. 

Coptodisca
$5 or more per month
This is a regular subscription to the leafminer guide. 


At this level you will get access to a new installment every month, and will have the whole first edition by June 2019.

Fenusella
$10 or more per month
At this level you are supporting my work by investing more than a regular monthly subscription to the leafminer guide.


As a thank you, in addition to giving you immediate access to each new installment of the guide, at the end of each year in this tier I will send you a signed 8x10 print of one of my photographs (you get to choose which one).

Caloptilia
$20 or more per month
At this level you are supporting my work by investing much more than a regular monthly subscription to the leafminer guide. Your contribution by itself will cover all of my subscriptions to scientific journals.


As a thank you, in addition to all of the above, you will receive a 12-month leafminer-themed calendar each year.  I will send these out in October to all patrons who have contributed in this tier for at least three months.

Brachys
$50 or more per month
At this level you are supporting my work by investing much more than a regular monthly subscription to the leafminer guide. Your contribution by itself will make it possible for me to attend a conference where I can spread the word about my work.


In addition to all of the above, when you have contributed at this level for a year, you can join me and up to seven other patrons somewhere in New England for a full day of looking at leafminers and other invertebrate tracks and sign.

Lithariapteryx
$100 or more per month
At this level you are supporting my work by going way beyond a regular monthly subscription to the leafminer guide. 


In addition to all of the above, when you have contributed at this level for a year, I will give you (or a group of your choosing) a private workshop on leafminers and other invertebrate tracks and sign. This can be at a mutually agreeable location anywhere in New England or possibly, if it fits with my travel plans, somewhere else in North America.

Orchestomerus
$1,000 or more per month only 10 left
At this level you are really helping me move toward devoting all my time to natural history research, writing, and education. 


In addition to all of the above, if you keep it up for a full year, I will name a species after you!