Chris Kreussling (Flatbush Gardener)

Unido: 02.jul.2013 Última actividad: 14.jul.2024 iNaturalist

I'm an urban naturalist, home gardener, public speaker, and workshop facilitator, specializing in urban gardening for habitat with native plants. I'm particularly interested in ecological associations, especially insect-plant interactions. I've been documenting the biodiversity of my own garden here on iNaturalist:
Flatbush Gardener's Garden
Life List

I've led walks and workshops in green spaces around New York City, including Wave Hill, The High Line, Madison Square Park, Green-wood Cemetery, and community gardens in Brooklyn and on Staten Island.

Flickr (photos): flatbushgardener
Slideshare (past presentations): xrisfg
Discord: Xris#1374

Some of my past presentations are available on SlideShare.
2020-09-13: Village of Ocean Beach Environmental Committee (VOBEC), Fire Island, Gardening for Habitat on Fire Island
2018-06-18: Native Plants in the Landscape Conference, Urban Gardening with Native Plants
2015-05-12: Long Island Botanical Society, Place, Purpose, Plants: Urban Gardening with Native Plants

If I have followed you here on iNaturalist, it's likely because I've noticed your Observations in Brooklyn! I'm one of the Brooklyn Borough Captains for the City Nature Challenge in New York City:
2024 * 2023 * 2022 * 2021 * 2020 * 2019

iNaturalist Records - New York State

My Observations which are the first iNaturalist records of that species in New York State.

2014-08-10: Coelioxys sayi, Say's sharptail, cuckoo leaf-cutter bee
2014-08-23: Melissodes denticulatus
2017-07-22: Dioprospa clavata, four-speckled hover fly - Also the first NY State Observation on BugGuide.
2020-05-03 Callidiellum rufipenne, Japanese cedar long-horned beetle
2023-06-11: Ophiderma pubescens (As of 2023-11-25, still the only iNat observation of this species in NY state.)

Species Home Page Reference Photos

My photos which are the index photo for species home pages.

Megachile texana

Neolasioptera thurstoni

Syrphus rectus, yellow-legged flower fly

Favorite Places


My aunt has a cabin in Warren County. My husband and I try to get up there every year for a few days.

My Adirondack Observations
Adirondack Park
Warren County, NY

Atlantic Coastal Plain

Except for college years, I've lived all my life within a few miles of the Atlantic Ocean.

EcoRegion Level III 84, Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens

Identification Guides - Online

Note that the Vermont Atlas of Life has an extensive list of identification guides, both online and printed, for all taxa.

Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification. Extensive list of keys, indexed to Family level. Some are limited to Canada.

Diptera, flies

Eristalis, drone flies



Hoppers (Auchenorrhyncha)

Taxonomic revision of the Nearctic erosa species group of Phymata Latreille, 1802 (Heteroptera: Reduviidae: Phymatinae). Paul Masonick, Christiane Weirauch. 2020.


Anthophila, bees

Vespidae, vespid wasps - Key-based, not visual

Ichneumoids of North America


New England - For plants found in the wild in New England, northeastern U.S., and adjacent areas, such as New York state.

Viola, violets

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