While some people think of me as the bug guy, I like to think of myself as a well-rounded animal photographer. But - that's simply not true. It's absolutely impossible to pay attention to the birds in the trees while simultaneously searching for pollinators on the flowers and phytophagous insects on the leaves or detrivores in the soil. Depending on varying conditions my attention is usually focused on just one of these places, and usually toward a much more specific microhabitat. As a result my animal photography is heavily biased in certain areas: plant bugs, lady beetles, and fruit flies, for instance, are some examples of things that I regularly seek out. Because I'm more familiar with these groups than others, I know where to look for them and what to look for, but in focusing my attention towards these groups I tend to miss out on (or decidedly ignore) other species that I am not as familiar with.
Pictured: a new-to-me Fruit Fly I found last week. Flies occupy a diverse range of ecological niches, though the fruit flies are certainly my favorite Dipteran group. Species are usually linked to specific plants and as a result they can sometimes be easy to track down at the right time of year with a decent knowledge of native plants.
. Goedenia sp. at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. This my 10th unique fruit fly I've photographed so far in California :)