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

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.

StingFest 2015 - Alex Wild Photography

Jul 08, 2015

In which a bunch of crazy people volunteered to get stung by the infamous bullet ant in front of a camera.…

Jul 08, 2015

RT @hormiga: Some volunteers, getting stung by Paraponera for the sake of art, are my students. My heart swells with pride.…

Beetles - Alex Wild Photography

Critical Use Is Fair Use — Over at the Carbon Brief climate blog, Christian Hunt shares a series of climate reporting images so overused he never wants to see them again. For example: Hunt's bestiary of clichéd imagery (Polar bears on ice? London underwater?) is worth a visit. But that's not why I mention it.

Harpegnathos - Alex Wild Photography — Harpegnathos is a south Asian genus of slender, large-eyed ponerine ants. These charismatic insects are capable of jumping several times their body length. Both workers and gynes can mate and lay fertilized eggs, leading to internal power struggles within the nest that are an active subject of research.

Build a World-Class Insect Imaging System for under $6,000 — 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 — 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 — 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.
Apr 26, 2015

RT @BioInFocus: Mission Accomplished! Hymenopterist @Myrmecos places flies at the top of his new Pollinators photo gallery… #Winning

Jun 14, 2015

It is Pollinator Week, so I'm having a sale on all prints from my pollination galleries:…

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Jul 27, 2015

Hoping Ant-Man 2 will also be a Zoolander crossover.

Jul 27, 2015

@zappingzebra There is truth to that, but the meanest European hives can be nastier than the gentlest Africanized ones.

Jul 27, 2015

I don't know where the meme started that honey bees were gentle, peaceful animals. They take care of themselves sharply, when need be.

Jul 27, 2015

The wasps were still not as aggressive as honey bee colonies of similar size.

Jul 27, 2015

There are other Alex Wilds, but the author of "Clean & Organized" is surely the least likely to be confused with me.…

Jul 27, 2015

A gallery of real-word bullet ants.… I thought Marvel's Ant-Man did a decent job with them.

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