Smithsonian Institution, Department of Entomology

Entomology Department

For my internship term at CSUMB, I worked with staff illustrator Taina Litwak in the Entomology Department at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. During my time I created insect specimen illustrations for Entomologists conducting research on newly described species. Using the compound and dissecting microscopes, camera lucida and Photoshop painting techniques, each specimen was accurately depicted by working closely with scientists to ensure correct anatomy. This experience was key to expanding my knowledge of complex entomological anatomy. My illustrations will be included in a wonderful collection describing flea beetles of the Caribbean along with many other talented illustrators.

Gerstaeckeria Weevil by Jillian Ditner

Gerstaeckeria Weevil, pencil drawing on left was assembled from many views drawn with the camera lucida and microsope. Final specimen illustration on the right.

Megasus bimaculatus Jacoby by Jillian Ditner
detail of flea beetle specimen illustration showing high level of detail

detail of flea beetle specimen illustration showing high level of detail