While on one of my searches for new-to-me critters last year, I found a spider that I hadn't seen before. I submitted it to Bug Guide and they said it looks a lot like a spider from South America. I was contacted by someone and given the name of an Entomologist that is here in So-Cal. He came down to help look for another specimen in our backyard but we were unsuccessful. It figures we couldn't find it when we really wanted to. Apparently they're active at night, not in the day.
3 weeks later, one of my daughters helped me catch one of these elusive spiders and we sent the live, young female away for science. We found out that there was a manuscript in process about this spider establishing in So-Cal. She was reared in captivity and about 6 months later, the paper was published with my daughter and I referenced :)
This has been an exciting find and I'm looking forward to the next critter that contributes to science!