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Alex Wild
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Attended University of California, Davis
Lives in Austin, TX
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Fantastic to see the photography site PetaPixel featuring our public domain project!

http://petapixel.com/2015/03/25/university-of-texas-will-create-thousands-of-insect-macro-photos-for-the-public-domain/
A team at the University of Texas is set to create thousands of macro photographs showing the beauty and diversity of the smallest critters in the state of
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Spring is in full-force here in Austin, and the paper wasp foundresses are out gathering wood shavings from which to build their nests. Here's the stunningly-colored Polistes exclamans, caught in the act of scraping the fence in our back yard this afternoon.

Also, wasps are wonderful animals. The "wasps are mean" meme just makes me sad, especially since most of my most... memorably painful social insect encounters have been with various bees and ants, rather than wasps.
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Oh, trust me, I had "images" when 100 or more were crawling up my arm.
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In 24 hours we are launching Insects Unlocked, a crowdfunded campaign at UT Austin to produce science images for the public domain. Here's a small sample of the types of free, open images we will be creating with your help.

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We are the Insects Unlocked project at the University of Texas at Austin. Based in the UT insect collection at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, part of the Department of Integrative Biology, we...
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Thanks, +Nicholas Osto!
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Fire ants may have taken over Texas, but they still squabble among themselves. Here, workers have pinned down an intruder from a rival colony, who defends herself with her stinger.

Photographed at Bastrop State Park this afternoon.
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When I first moved to Texas I bought one of these ant charmers. http://www.antcharmer.com/infopage.html. It operated as it said it would, but it didn't solve my ant problem. If I had just left the one big mound alone as it was most likely a single queen colony that was guarding my property from other fire ants, my problem wouldn't have gotten out of control. I went from having one mound to 15 or more. I don't like to use chemicals, but I ended up finding a method that worked and I didn't feel as bad about it. An old timer told me to take an empty Dr Pepper bottle and put a dash of poison in it then shove it into the mound. This way our pets and children wouldn't be exposed and I could kill the ants without having to use broadcast chemicals. It worked. 
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Turns out that wasps that make honey (Brachygastra) look a lot like bees. Pudgy and fuzzy. 
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Wasps are very important pollinators
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A parasitic Aphidius wasp lays an egg in a hapless pea aphid. Happy Friday, everyone! 
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Excellent capture +Alex Wild I had opportunity to photograph a similar occurrence last spring and my results were nowhere near as nice. These wasps are very fast. Hovering close to the aphids, bobbing and weaving, and then dart to the victim and very quickly laying their eggs. No pictures worth sharing but I did enjoy observation of the behavior through the camera. 
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I am pleased to report that the Insects Unlocked project to crowd-fund public domain arthropod images is more than 60% funded, not even a week into a month-long campaign. Your support has been generous and unexpected- thanks so much!

To celebrate, over the weekend I created some new public domain images for the project, including this 60 image focus-stack of a Brachygastra mellifica Mexican honey wasp. Click the image to view large- it's worth it to see the details.

If you'd like to support more images like this, consider contributing at the link: https://hornraiser.utexas.edu/project/54e79bbc14bdf7205ddd5ab7
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Hello  Alex wild you probably don't know me im the person with www.curvematic.com , my brother actually added pictures to my website and did not even think, that they belonged to you or anybody, so im personally saying im sorry for the intervene. it wont happen again. i took the pictures down. I just receive a notice today and i took it down today.3/24/15 I've been open for 2 years now and still learning as i go. If you had a question or even a phone call i would've taken it down along time ago. Again sorry. 
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We at the University of Texas Insect Collection are extremely pleased to announce the launch of Insects Unlocked, a crowdfunded campaign to produce insect images and videos for the public domain.

If you blog, use social media, write papers, make posters, or engage in outreach, you may have a need for open, high-resolution, copyright-free science imagery. With your contribution, we'll make it happen.

#copyright   #science  
Help UT Austin raise $8,000 for the project: Insects Unlocked. Even $1 can make a difference!
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You can also use our interactive images on your website or blog, just email us
http://BlackholeCollections.org?gpa

Did you see our exhibit booth at ESA2014 in Portland and 2012 in Knoxville?
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You don't want to know how many times I got stung taking this field shot of a fire ant queen, Solenopsis invicta.

Bastrop State Park, Texas.
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Powerful queen... Great take, also!!!!
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More Mexican honey wasps, Brachygastra mellifica. 
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Fantastic shot!
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This is a pointed reminder to leave the Mexican honey wasps alone.

(Brachygastra mellifica, from San Antonio. And yes, they do make honey).
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Some badass honey makers...they is. Cooler than just plain old Yellow Jackets. Black and Gold...thanks y'all, know who you are.

- Bluejackets
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Compound Eye has been quiet of late. My silence is for a good cause, though! The past few months have been hectic as I transitioned from ...
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I use Nikon by myself, but I have to admit that in addition to MP-E Canon has better support for EFCS which is quite crucial in this kind of setups.. Only Nikon D810 has any kind of EFCS :(
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Entomologist
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  • University of Texas at Austin
    Curator of Entomology, present
  • Alex Wild Photography
    Freelance Photography & Writing, 2005 - present
  • Scientific American
    Photography Blogger, 2011 - present
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Research Scholar, 2008 - 2012
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Austin, TX
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Fairport, NY - Brunswick, ME - Asunción, Paraguay - Davis, CA - Tucson, AZ - Urbana, IL
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Alex Wild is a Texas-based entomologist who studies the evolutionary history of ants. In 2003 he founded a photography business as an aesthetic complement to his scientific work, and his natural history photographs appear in numerous museums, books, and media outlets. 
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  • University of California, Davis
    Ph.D. Entomology, 1999 - 2005
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