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SmugMug46,404Dear SmugMug Photographer, In seven days, on Tuesday, July 30th at 10:30 a.m. PDT, we're unveiling the new SmugMug. We will be streaming our announcement live and direct from our headquarters in Mountain View, California. Join us for a 30-minute webcast with our CEO and Chief Geek, @116570889542655364711. See the new look, catch a live demo, and be a part of the biggest launch since SmugMug started in 2002. We’re so grateful you found us. Thank you for entrusting us through the years with your priceless photos. We consider you part of our family and can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on. We think you’re gonna love it. Please tune into our UStream channel on July 30th at 10:30AM PST to view the announcement! http://www.ustream.tv/smugmug @114957514313448364645 & @116570889542655364711  Founders, photographers, regular guysUnveiling The New SmugMug2013-07-30 19:30:00290  

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2015-01-22 01:37:11 (19 comments, 6 reshares, 109 +1s)Open 

Little Azteca ants attempt to forestall an army ant slaughter by pinning down army ants at the raid's leading edge.

Most reshares: 22

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2014-10-10 16:05:06 (7 comments, 22 reshares, 147 +1s)Open 

Ants do some remarkable things. One of them is gardening. Here, a colony of Azteca gnava in Belize has constructed a hanging garden out of carton and several species of epiphytic plants.

Most plusones: 162

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2015-03-02 16:02:47 (6 comments, 21 reshares, 162 +1s)Open 

Turns out that wasps that make honey (Brachygastra) look a lot like bees. Pudgy and fuzzy. 

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2015-06-15 18:14:38 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 87 +1s)Open 

A Polistes exclamans (!) paper wasp foundress guards her first brood. Austin, Texas. 

A Polistes exclamans (!) paper wasp foundress guards her first brood. Austin, Texas. ___

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2015-05-18 18:43:14 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

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.

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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2015-04-15 18:34:43 (10 comments, 11 reshares, 132 +1s)Open 

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  

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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2015-04-14 21:41:12 (6 comments, 11 reshares, 78 +1s)Open 

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

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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2015-03-31 17:16:49 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

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.

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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2015-03-30 01:47:35 (8 comments, 6 reshares, 103 +1s)Open 

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.

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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2015-03-25 22:27:41 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 78 +1s)Open 

Fantastic to see the photography site PetaPixel featuring our public domain project!

http://petapixel.com/2015/03/25/university-of-texas-will-create-thousands-of-insect-macro-photos-for-the-public-domain/

Fantastic to see the photography site PetaPixel featuring our public domain project!

http://petapixel.com/2015/03/25/university-of-texas-will-create-thousands-of-insect-macro-photos-for-the-public-domain/___

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2015-03-23 15:58:00 (7 comments, 7 reshares, 99 +1s)Open 

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

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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2015-03-23 00:52:11 (12 comments, 10 reshares, 114 +1s)Open 

Spring is in full-force here in Austin, and the paper wasp foundresses are out gathering wood shavings from which to build their nests. Here's the stunningly-colored Polistes exclamans, caught in the act of scraping the fence in our back yard this afternoon.

Also, wasps are wonderful animals. The "wasps are mean" meme just makes me sad, especially since most of my most... memorably painful social insect encounters have been with various bees and ants, rather than wasps.

Spring is in full-force here in Austin, and the paper wasp foundresses are out gathering wood shavings from which to build their nests. Here's the stunningly-colored Polistes exclamans, caught in the act of scraping the fence in our back yard this afternoon.

Also, wasps are wonderful animals. The "wasps are mean" meme just makes me sad, especially since most of my most... memorably painful social insect encounters have been with various bees and ants, rather than wasps.___

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2015-03-18 19:44:48 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

We at the University of Texas Insect Collection are extremely pleased to announce the launch of Insects Unlocked, a crowdfunded campaign to produce insect images and videos for the public domain.

If you blog, use social media, write papers, make posters, or engage in outreach, you may have a need for open, high-resolution, copyright-free science imagery. With your contribution, we'll make it happen.

#copyright   #science  

We at the University of Texas Insect Collection are extremely pleased to announce the launch of Insects Unlocked, a crowdfunded campaign to produce insect images and videos for the public domain.

If you blog, use social media, write papers, make posters, or engage in outreach, you may have a need for open, high-resolution, copyright-free science imagery. With your contribution, we'll make it happen.

#copyright   #science  ___

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2015-03-18 02:41:35 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 113 +1s)Open 

You don't want to know how many times I got stung taking this field shot of a fire ant queen, Solenopsis invicta.

Bastrop State Park, Texas.

You don't want to know how many times I got stung taking this field shot of a fire ant queen, Solenopsis invicta.

Bastrop State Park, Texas.___

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2015-03-17 19:54:58 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

In 24 hours we are launching Insects Unlocked, a crowdfunded campaign at UT Austin to produce science images for the public domain. Here's a small sample of the types of free, open images we will be creating with your help.

Stay tuned...

In 24 hours we are launching Insects Unlocked, a crowdfunded campaign at UT Austin to produce science images for the public domain. Here's a small sample of the types of free, open images we will be creating with your help.

Stay tuned...___

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2015-03-15 23:46:40 (15 comments, 4 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

Fire ants may have taken over Texas, but they still squabble among themselves. Here, workers have pinned down an intruder from a rival colony, who defends herself with her stinger.

Photographed at Bastrop State Park this afternoon.

Fire ants may have taken over Texas, but they still squabble among themselves. Here, workers have pinned down an intruder from a rival colony, who defends herself with her stinger.

Photographed at Bastrop State Park this afternoon.___

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2015-03-07 20:32:42 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 73 +1s)Open 

More Mexican honey wasps, Brachygastra mellifica. 

More Mexican honey wasps, Brachygastra mellifica. ___

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2015-03-02 16:02:47 (6 comments, 21 reshares, 162 +1s)Open 

Turns out that wasps that make honey (Brachygastra) look a lot like bees. Pudgy and fuzzy. 

Turns out that wasps that make honey (Brachygastra) look a lot like bees. Pudgy and fuzzy. ___

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2015-03-02 02:54:13 (8 comments, 8 reshares, 93 +1s)Open 

This is a pointed reminder to leave the Mexican honey wasps alone.

(Brachygastra mellifica, from San Antonio. And yes, they do make honey).

This is a pointed reminder to leave the Mexican honey wasps alone.

(Brachygastra mellifica, from San Antonio. And yes, they do make honey).___

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2015-02-24 23:53:14 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

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2015-02-20 14:29:23 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 71 +1s)Open 

A parasitic Aphidius wasp lays an egg in a hapless pea aphid. Happy Friday, everyone! 

A parasitic Aphidius wasp lays an egg in a hapless pea aphid. Happy Friday, everyone! ___

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2015-02-10 16:00:49 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 83 +1s)Open 

Honored to have one of my army ant photos on the cover of American Scientist, for a story about pheromones.

http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/popup_onthecover.aspx?id=113

Honored to have one of my army ant photos on the cover of American Scientist, for a story about pheromones.

http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/popup_onthecover.aspx?id=113___

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2015-02-01 18:43:45 (5 comments, 6 reshares, 117 +1s)Open 

Their nest lined delicately with spider silk, Ugandan Discothyrea mixta worker ants tend to brood. Little is known about the biology of these tiny ants; they are presumed to be arthropod egg predators, and eggs of several species- perhaps spiders or centipedes- are visible in this photo.

Their nest lined delicately with spider silk, Ugandan Discothyrea mixta worker ants tend to brood. Little is known about the biology of these tiny ants; they are presumed to be arthropod egg predators, and eggs of several species- perhaps spiders or centipedes- are visible in this photo.___

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2015-01-30 14:06:20 (6 comments, 10 reshares, 128 +1s)Open 

Recipe for a Photograph: The Angry Ant.

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/compound-eye/2015/01/30/recipe-for-a-photograph-5-the-angry-ant/

Recipe for a Photograph: The Angry Ant.

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/compound-eye/2015/01/30/recipe-for-a-photograph-5-the-angry-ant/___

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2015-01-24 06:08:04 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 90 +1s)Open 

I chose the red pill millipede.

I chose the red pill millipede.___

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2015-01-22 01:37:11 (19 comments, 6 reshares, 109 +1s)Open 

Little Azteca ants attempt to forestall an army ant slaughter by pinning down army ants at the raid's leading edge.

Little Azteca ants attempt to forestall an army ant slaughter by pinning down army ants at the raid's leading edge.___

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2015-01-19 02:18:53 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 68 +1s)Open 

More ants having sex. Because, Sunday night.
(Prenolepis imparis, Illinois)

More ants having sex. Because, Sunday night.
(Prenolepis imparis, Illinois)___

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2015-01-18 02:52:19 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

Here are some rover ants having sex, because Saturday night.

Here are some rover ants having sex, because Saturday night.___

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2015-01-12 21:32:08 (9 comments, 4 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Biologist Piotr Naskrecki returned from Belize last year with a few small hitchhikers.

Biologist Piotr Naskrecki returned from Belize last year with a few small hitchhikers.___

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2015-01-09 01:55:09 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Portrait of a miniature trap-jaw ant, Microdaceton , from Uganda.

Portrait of a miniature trap-jaw ant, Microdaceton , from Uganda.___

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2015-01-01 21:36:17 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

January 1st is not only a new year, it is also Public Domain Day, the day that (in some countries) older creative works become freely available for anyone to use. In honor of the day, and since my photos wouldn't otherwise become public domain until 2100 or so, I am prematurely releasing a few of my older captures.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:ListFiles?limit=15&user=Alex+Wild&ilshowall=1

Enjoy! 

(And, if you have time, consider donating some of your own older, unused images)

#PublicDomain   #copyright  

January 1st is not only a new year, it is also Public Domain Day, the day that (in some countries) older creative works become freely available for anyone to use. In honor of the day, and since my photos wouldn't otherwise become public domain until 2100 or so, I am prematurely releasing a few of my older captures.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:ListFiles?limit=15&user=Alex+Wild&ilshowall=1

Enjoy! 

(And, if you have time, consider donating some of your own older, unused images)

#PublicDomain   #copyright  ___

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2014-12-31 20:42:40 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

My personal best (non-baby) photographs of 2014. I hope the ants forgive my lack of attention this year.

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/compound-eye/2014/12/31/my-personal-best-photographs-of-2014/

My personal best (non-baby) photographs of 2014. I hope the ants forgive my lack of attention this year.

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/compound-eye/2014/12/31/my-personal-best-photographs-of-2014/___

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2014-12-26 20:47:25 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

January 1st is Public Domain Day! Consider donating some of your unused older photos, recordings, or drawings.

January 1st is Public Domain Day! Consider donating some of your unused older photos, recordings, or drawings.___

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2014-12-24 02:15:20 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

Wonder what she'll bring me this year?

Wonder what she'll bring me this year?___

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2014-12-23 18:22:40 (8 comments, 9 reshares, 92 +1s)Open 

The chrysalis of the Tithoria butterfly is so reflective that this photo turned out to be a selfie.

The chrysalis of the Tithoria butterfly is so reflective that this photo turned out to be a selfie.___

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2014-12-05 19:22:34 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 91 +1s)Open 

Florida's Dorymyrmex elegans is one of North America's rarest- and prettiest- ants. This species is a sand ridge endemic. 

Florida's Dorymyrmex elegans is one of North America's rarest- and prettiest- ants. This species is a sand ridge endemic. ___

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2014-11-25 21:17:48 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

I am very pleased to announce the 2014 holiday print sale! I have priced 30 selected photographs, including a number of new pieces, at 70% off. That's just $3.99 for a 5x7".

Here is the link: http://www.alexanderwild.com/Art/Holiday-Print-Sale-2014/n-zjRMX/

As you may know, I am beginning an academic job in January and the photo business is reverting to a sideline. I will continue to make prints available on my site, but this may be the last organized, near-cost sale for a good while.

I am very pleased to announce the 2014 holiday print sale! I have priced 30 selected photographs, including a number of new pieces, at 70% off. That's just $3.99 for a 5x7".

Here is the link: http://www.alexanderwild.com/Art/Holiday-Print-Sale-2014/n-zjRMX/

As you may know, I am beginning an academic job in January and the photo business is reverting to a sideline. I will continue to make prints available on my site, but this may be the last organized, near-cost sale for a good while.___

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2014-11-18 15:44:17 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 64 +1s)Open 

Byrrhidae- the pill beetles- handle a tough day by tucking in and pretending not to exist. 

Byrrhidae- the pill beetles- handle a tough day by tucking in and pretending not to exist. ___

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2014-11-10 23:24:43 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

Leafcutter ants are insanely protective of their queen. Yes, she's under there!

(Atta cephalotes laboratory colony at the University of Wisconsin/Madison)

Leafcutter ants are insanely protective of their queen. Yes, she's under there!

(Atta cephalotes laboratory colony at the University of Wisconsin/Madison)___

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2014-11-05 15:14:10 (10 comments, 6 reshares, 126 +1s)Open 

In light of yesterday's vote, you have left me no choice but to activate the Ant Apocalypse. Sorry. There is no other way.

In light of yesterday's vote, you have left me no choice but to activate the Ant Apocalypse. Sorry. There is no other way.___

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2014-10-31 16:25:08 (7 comments, 9 reshares, 99 +1s)Open 

An Ecuadorian "zombie ant", driven and eventually killed by a parasitic Ophiocordyceps fungus. Because Halloween, of course.

An Ecuadorian "zombie ant", driven and eventually killed by a parasitic Ophiocordyceps fungus. Because Halloween, of course.___

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2014-10-31 01:01:31 (14 comments, 2 reshares, 85 +1s)Open 

Big-headed soldiers attack a leafcutter ant. The cause? Both colonies wanted the same cookie I'd put on the ground.

(Photo from Paraná, Brazil)

Big-headed soldiers attack a leafcutter ant. The cause? Both colonies wanted the same cookie I'd put on the ground.

(Photo from Paraná, Brazil)___

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2014-10-30 02:57:02 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

Linepithema iniquum is a little-known and lesser-studied relative of the pesty Argentine ant (L. humile). Here, an L. iniquum worker tends a scale insect for honeydew on an Ecuadorian orchid.

Linepithema iniquum is a little-known and lesser-studied relative of the pesty Argentine ant (L. humile). Here, an L. iniquum worker tends a scale insect for honeydew on an Ecuadorian orchid.___

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2014-10-22 17:16:56 (11 comments, 10 reshares, 102 +1s)Open 

Feeding the queen! More honey bee photographs here:

http://www.alexanderwild.com/Insects/Stories/Honey-Bees/

Feeding the queen! More honey bee photographs here:

http://www.alexanderwild.com/Insects/Stories/Honey-Bees/___

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2014-10-21 00:23:01 (8 comments, 10 reshares, 151 +1s)Open 

And now, a delightfully bizarre animal. Harpegnathos hunting ants evolved giant jaws by developmentally pushing out a small, central portion of the mandible. (Photo from Ant Course/Borneo 2010).

And now, a delightfully bizarre animal. Harpegnathos hunting ants evolved giant jaws by developmentally pushing out a small, central portion of the mandible. (Photo from Ant Course/Borneo 2010).___

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2014-10-16 00:42:24 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 96 +1s)Open 

I just love it when I find something in a photograph that I didn't notice in the field. Check out the bark louse lurking under the zombie-fungus killed ant.

I just love it when I find something in a photograph that I didn't notice in the field. Check out the bark louse lurking under the zombie-fungus killed ant.___

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2014-10-14 20:21:23 (18 comments, 4 reshares, 69 +1s)Open 

Here's an obscure animal I photographed recently in Belize. Give yourself 10 points if you recognize it.

Here's an obscure animal I photographed recently in Belize. Give yourself 10 points if you recognize it.___

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2014-10-13 19:11:45 (9 comments, 7 reshares, 98 +1s)Open 

The birth of a silkworm.

The birth of a silkworm.___

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2014-10-10 16:05:06 (7 comments, 22 reshares, 147 +1s)Open 

Ants do some remarkable things. One of them is gardening. Here, a colony of Azteca gnava in Belize has constructed a hanging garden out of carton and several species of epiphytic plants.

Ants do some remarkable things. One of them is gardening. Here, a colony of Azteca gnava in Belize has constructed a hanging garden out of carton and several species of epiphytic plants.___

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2014-10-09 02:02:26 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

One of my favorite ground beetles is Colliuris. But, that's probably because they look like ants.

One of my favorite ground beetles is Colliuris. But, that's probably because they look like ants.___

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2014-10-07 17:51:28 (3 comments, 10 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

I am pleased to announce the Halloween print sale! This is one of the more whimsical sales since I started doing them a couple years ago. 26 selected photographs, mostly arachnids, are 70% off their usual fine art pricing until November 1. 5x7" prints are just $3.99.

http://www.alexanderwild.com/Art/Halloween-Print-Sale-1/n-PXh9V/

I am pleased to announce the Halloween print sale! This is one of the more whimsical sales since I started doing them a couple years ago. 26 selected photographs, mostly arachnids, are 70% off their usual fine art pricing until November 1. 5x7" prints are just $3.99.

http://www.alexanderwild.com/Art/Halloween-Print-Sale-1/n-PXh9V/___

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2014-10-05 21:52:28 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 90 +1s)Open 

Portrait of Tenodera sinensis, the Chinese mantis, a species that has become abundant in parts of North America following an unplanned introduction to Philadelphia over 100 years ago.

This image is a focus-stacked composite of four photographs.

Portrait of Tenodera sinensis, the Chinese mantis, a species that has become abundant in parts of North America following an unplanned introduction to Philadelphia over 100 years ago.

This image is a focus-stacked composite of four photographs.___

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2014-10-02 19:58:44 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 76 +1s)Open 

The ant predator Eciton vagans carries off a trap-jaw ant she has killed. Photo from our recent BugShot workshop in Belize.

The ant predator Eciton vagans carries off a trap-jaw ant she has killed. Photo from our recent BugShot workshop in Belize.___

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