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

Death by Fungus - Alex Wild Photography — Among the most spectacular threats faced by insects are pathogenic, insect-killing fungi. Some of the more specialized fungal species invade the brains of their hosts, altering the insects' behaviors to direct them to a favorable spot for development and spore release.

Lasius - Alex Wild Photography — Lasius is a genus of formicine ants abundant across the north temperate zone in North America and Eurasia. These small, robust ants tend to be either dark in color and surface-foraging, or pale in color and subterranean.

To make money from science photographs, specialize — A reader emails: I have been doing nature and wildlife photography for some years now, mostly as an advanced hobby, and have been expanding my efforts in arthropoda and macro work. I am at some disadvantage in this regard since I am one of dem unedumacated types who has to look up nearly everything he finds.
Sep 23, 2015

To make money from science photographs, specialize.… An older post, still relevant.

Worker Ants - Alex Wild Photography

Oecophylla - Alex Wild Photography — Oecophylla is a genus of large arboreal ants of the African, Asian, and Australian tropics. These conspicuous insects are weaver ants, creating nests by pulling living tree leaves together and securing them with silk produced by the ants' larvae. Colonies are territorial, covering several trees and containing dozens of nests.

Parasites & Parasitoids - Alex Wild Photography — Life on earth is so abundant that a surprising proportion of our planet's diversity thrives as parasites, deriving sustenance from the bodies of other species, or from the shared resources of social species. This gallery contains photographs of both parasites (which generally do not kill their hosts), and parasitoids (which usually do).

These Spider Fangs Aren’t Going To Photograph Themselves — Here is a photograph of a Sydney funnel-web spider, Atrax robustus: I won't explain the biology of this delightful animal here - you may read about it at Wikipedia in greater arachnological detail. Instead, I want to show the process by which I arrived at this composition.

These are a few of my favorite stings… — Since I photograph insects for a living, people frequently ask how often I get stung. The answer is, probably not as much as you'd think. Most arthropods are harmless or even beneficial towards our species. Plus, a perk of being an entomologist is learning the skills to recognize and avoid trouble from dangerous insects.

Paratrechina - Alex Wild Photography — Paratrechina is a small formicine genus containing only two species. One is a rarely seen African ant, while the other is the the black crazy ant Paratrechina longicornis , a common pest in warmer regions worldwide.

Monomorium - Alex Wild Photography — Monomorium is a sprawling, heterogenous genus of small myrmicine ants with a worldwide distribution. The group is particularly diverse in the old world tropics. Some species, including M. floricola and M. pharaonis pictured below, have spread extensively with human commerce.
Jul 13, 2015

A diversity of Monomorium.… If such a thing were possible, that is.

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Oct 05, 2015

RT @BioInFocus: My advisor just published a paper that may inspire strong opinions in the taxonomic community... *backs away slowly*…

Oct 05, 2015

Much as I defend copyright, I really, really don't see any advantage for Pokémon to pursue fan parties like this.…

Oct 05, 2015

RT @NashTurley: Today's #Arachtober family is #Salticidae, or jumping spiders, they are the cutest! This one from South Carolina.

Oct 05, 2015

More evidence that impact factors and other lazy academic performance metrics lead to dishonesty. Citation-padding:…

Oct 05, 2015

Drought has returned to central Texas.… Maybe we could build a pipeline from SC.

Oct 05, 2015

RT @Laurie_Garrett: Really excited about the #NobelPrize recognition of millions of lives saved thanks to anti-parasite drugs. Huge.…

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