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Alex Wild
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Entomologist & Photographer
Entomologist & Photographer

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I'm pretty excited about this year's BugShot photo workshop in Delaware, taught by John Abbott, Piotr Naskrecki, and... some ant guy. Tickets sold out in record time when we launched registration, but it turns out the early rush meant a few people had to cancel as we got closer in- so we now have a couple highly competitive spots open. These workshops are always a real highlight of my year- if you haven't been to one and you're looking to improve your photo skills, we'd love to have you join our little group!

http://www.abbottnature.com/bugshot-delaware/

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An ant walks into a bar, and the bartender says...

...why the long face?

(Camponotus mirabilis, from Peru)
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A Polistes exclamans (!) paper wasp foundress guards her first brood. Austin, Texas. 
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We often think of Army Ants as being denizens of distant tropical jungles, but several species can be found as far north as the central United States. I photographed this Neivamyrmex nigrescens raid recently in Carmel Valley, California.
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With one day left in the Insects Unlocked crowdfunded campaign for public domain media, we have set a goal not for money, but for participation. So far, 174 donors have supported the project. That's great!

But, we can do better. We'd like to make that 200 by the end of the day- even if your donation is just $1.

https://hornraiser.utexas.edu/project/54e79bbc14bdf7205ddd5ab7

Why? Well, $1 on its own helps, of course. But looking forward to when we begin seeking institutional grants for a permanent imaging center, the size of our small donor base will demonstrate that a public domain resource will be widely used. Think of your small donation as a vote for open entomology images.

#copyright   #opensource   #insects  
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This portrait of a fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, is a new public domain contribution from the Insects Unlocked project at the University of Texas at Austin. 

If you use images of insects for your websites, books, blogs, classes, talks, posters, or papers, consider paying it forward by supporting this open science imaging project:

https://hornraiser.utexas.edu/project/54e79bbc14bdf7205ddd5ab7
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The world is not covered in dead animals. This is because, in part, insects dispose of the bodies. Here, Crematogaster laeviuscula acrobat ants work a meadowlark that has fallen in Austin, Texas.
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The world does not need more photographs of bees on flowers. But I've done another one anyway. This is a Lasioglossum sweat bee visiting a spiderwort in the back garden.
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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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