Curator of Entomology at the University of Texas at Austin. Blogger at Scientific American. Photographer down in the dirt.

Build a World-Class Insect Imaging System for under $6,000

blogs.scientificamerican.com — 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 freelance photography in Illinois to a new job: Curator of Entomology at the University of Texas in Austin. The move has meant a blogging hiatus.

Photographing Uncooperative Insects: The Time-Out Trick

blogs.scientificamerican.com — And now, the technique I find most useful in the studio for calming an overly active insect. I call it the time-out trick. It goes like this: Place the insect on a flat surface, confine it with an upside-down petri dish (you can buy them here) or a small glass, and wait.

Pollinators - Alex Wild Photography

alexanderwild.com — Plants must mix gametes from different individuals to reproduce sexually, like animals, but unlike animals, plants cannot move to find mates. Many have come to rely on animals to spread pollen for them, growing attractive flowers with bright colors and pleasing odors to advertise nectar.

Photo Tip: Help The World See Your Hairy Fly By Using A Black Background

blogs.scientificamerican.com — The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American. Email Print Alex Wild is Curator of Entomology at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studies the evolutionary history of ants.

Flies - Alex Wild Photography

alexanderwild.com — Flies are the most underappreciated of the major insect orders. While they are best known for pests like the domestic house fly and their association with mosquito-borne diseases like malaria, in truth the harmful species are a small minority.

Leptomyrmex - Alex Wild Photography

alexanderwild.com — Leptomyrmex is a large, leggy, often colorful genus restricted to eastern Australia, New Guinea, and New Caledonia. The skittish movements and long legs of these distinctive insects give them the common name "spider ants". Some workers in each nest specialize as living storage containers called repletes, their abdomens greatly distended.

So Your Company Has Been Found Using My Photos Without Permission. What Next?

petapixel.com — In August I hired ImageRights International, a reputable copyright enforcement agency, to assume the routine handling of commercial infringements of my professional work. There are a lot. Starting in September 2014, companies began receiving letters from ImageRights' partner law firms seeking to resolve these infringements on my behalf.

Hymenoptera: Bees, Wasps, and Sawflies

alexanderwild.com — Hymenoptera is a diverse order of insects that contains wasps, bees, and sawflies. Many species are parasitic on other insects and are important in biological control of pests. Several groups have evolved complex social behavior, particularly in the bees and ants.

Announcing Insects Unlocked

blogs.scientificamerican.com — The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American. Email Print Alex Wild is Curator of Entomology at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studies the evolutionary history of ants.

Stigmatomma - Alex Wild Photography

alexanderwild.com — Stigmatomma is an ancient group of predaceous ants found worldwide, sometimes called "dracula ants" for the adults' habit of feeding on larval hemolymph. These subterranean ants have elongate mandibles, poor vision, and a characteristic broad posterior attachment of the petiole. Many species are specialist predators of centipedes.
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RT @GavinThurston: This is what a photograph of fireflies looks like in Tennessee if you leave your shutter open for 6 minutes! pic.twitter.com/McUwn32ZJq

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