Charley Eiseman is creating a guide to North American leafminers
26

patrons

$147
per month
Greetings! I am now seven years into my Leafminers of North America project, a guide that 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'm getting ready to start releasing it in monthly installments as PDFs.

I had originally envisioned this as a print book, which I still hope it will be someday, but there are several reasons why this hasn't happened yet, even though I have accomplished my original goal of compiling all of the published information about host plants and natural history of North American leafminers into identification keys:
  • Although my literature review is complete, I keep discovering and describing new species of leafminers, as well as making new discoveries about already described species. As a result I am constantly updating and revising my book manuscript, and if I published the book anytime soon it would already be out of date by the time it was published.
  • At this point my entomology work is done entirely in my spare time, which means that I get almost no writing done during the growing season—when I'm not at work, I'm too busy collecting, raising, and photographing leafminers!—and then at the end of the season it takes me weeks to sort through all the photos I've taken. On top of that, I have been prioritizing properly documenting my new discoveries in scientific journals over keeping the manuscript up-to-date and writing the several introductory chapters that will be needed before the book can be finished.
  • I have amassed so much information that I'm worried that it won't fit in a book, once the hundreds (thousands?) of illustrations are included—or if it does, then the book would likely be prohibitively expensive to publish, let alone for anyone to purchase.  The text of the identification keys alone is about 1000 pages!
I'm excited to start getting this information out to other naturalists, and I also want to keep updating this guide with new discoveries. Beyond this, I would like to start working on guides to other fascinating but poorly known insects—in particular, I'm thinking about a hostplant-based guide to sawfly larvae, and then maybe taking on the oak galls. We can make this happen together with Patreon. Thank you for your interest!



Tiers
Liriomyza
$1 or more per month 1 patron
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 2 patrons
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 22 patrons
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 1 patron
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 2 patrons
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 0 patrons
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 0 patrons
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 0 of 10 patrons
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
$147 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! I am now seven years into my Leafminers of North America project, a guide that 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'm getting ready to start releasing it in monthly installments as PDFs.

I had originally envisioned this as a print book, which I still hope it will be someday, but there are several reasons why this hasn't happened yet, even though I have accomplished my original goal of compiling all of the published information about host plants and natural history of North American leafminers into identification keys:
  • Although my literature review is complete, I keep discovering and describing new species of leafminers, as well as making new discoveries about already described species. As a result I am constantly updating and revising my book manuscript, and if I published the book anytime soon it would already be out of date by the time it was published.
  • At this point my entomology work is done entirely in my spare time, which means that I get almost no writing done during the growing season—when I'm not at work, I'm too busy collecting, raising, and photographing leafminers!—and then at the end of the season it takes me weeks to sort through all the photos I've taken. On top of that, I have been prioritizing properly documenting my new discoveries in scientific journals over keeping the manuscript up-to-date and writing the several introductory chapters that will be needed before the book can be finished.
  • I have amassed so much information that I'm worried that it won't fit in a book, once the hundreds (thousands?) of illustrations are included—or if it does, then the book would likely be prohibitively expensive to publish, let alone for anyone to purchase.  The text of the identification keys alone is about 1000 pages!
I'm excited to start getting this information out to other naturalists, and I also want to keep updating this guide with new discoveries. Beyond this, I would like to start working on guides to other fascinating but poorly known insects—in particular, I'm thinking about a hostplant-based guide to sawfly larvae, and then maybe taking on the oak galls. We can make this happen together with Patreon. Thank you for your interest!



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Tiers
Liriomyza
$1 or more per month 1 patron
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 2 patrons
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 22 patrons
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 1 patron
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 2 patrons
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 0 patrons
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 0 patrons
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 0 of 10 patrons
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!