Photography

I have been dabbling in insect macrophotography since 2010. It’s a challenging and rewarding compliment to my “formal” insect work and research. My photographs have been featured in field guides, theses, magazine articles, instructional documents and other books. Some of my work has even made its way to television, gaining a spot on a NatGeoWild feature.

Capturing images of live insects in their natural environments is a real thrill and a great way to learn more about the natural history of the fauna in my own backyard (and occasionally beyond!) I also sometimes take a “studio” approach to create field-guide-ready portraits.

Most of my photos can be found on my Flickr page. If you’d like to use an image in a presentation or publication, please contact me to obtain permission!

Here’s a sampling of some images:Acorn weevil taking off (Curculio sp.) [Explored]

A photo I snapped at a BugShot workshop, Acorn Weevil Takes Off, is deemed “Image of the Week” on Scientific American Blogs.  The same photo took first place in the 2011 Entomological Society of Ontario (ESO) Bug Eye Photo Contest (Open Division).

Green Lynx Spider, Peucetia viridans [Explored]

Anisomorpha buprestoides (Southern Two-Striped Walkingstick, Devil Rider, or Musk Mare)

Mine foot is tasty (omnomnom) - a green Katydid
My first-ever encounter with a Green Lynx Spider in Venus, Florida took first place in the 2012 ESO Bug Eye Photo Contest (Open Division), while an equally novel and exciting portrait session with a pair of Devil Riders (Florida) and a lovely fall Oblong-winged Katydid (Ontario) take second places in Photo by an Ontario Resident and Photo of an Ontario Insect, respectively.

Stratiomys badia (soldier fly, Stratiomyidae)
This fascinating bee mimic is actually a Soldier Fly. The image won fourth place in the 2012 Entomological Society of Canada (ESC) Photo Contest  and will grace the cover of The Canadian Entomologist and the ESC web site in 2013.

Pterostichus haematopus infested with a hairworm (Nematomorpha: Gordiida)

Monochamus scutellatus with mites

Two studio shots were declared first place entries in the 2012 ESC Joint Annual Meeting Photo Contest. A pinned ground beetle infested with a hairworm won in the Dead/Pinned category, while a White-spotted Sawyer beetle with some red hitchhikers caught the judges’ eyes in the Alive With Mites category.