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DISCLAIMERI am a photographer, not an entomologist. I do my best to have professionals assist in identifying the subjects of my photographs. However, positive identifications can not always be done unless the specimen is dead and viewed under a microscope. If you do find an error, or have doubts about the identification provided, please let me know in the comments or by email.
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On Tuesday night the Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Alberta (ESAB) and the Entomological Society of Canada (ESC) had their banquet. The awards for the JAM 2012 Photography Contest were presented, and the winning photographs were stunning! Judged by John Acorn, Dave Walter and myself, the choices were sometimes obvious and at other times less distinct. We emerged with the following selections for three categories, with prizes awarded by ESAB:
Taking the prize for the category “Pinned and Preserved” was Crystal Ernst, with her amazing photograph of Pterostichus (Stereocerus) haematopus and a hairworm (Nematomorpha: Gordiida).
And winning in the category, “Predators with Prey”, Adam Blake with his picture of the classic combo: Misumena vatia with a honey bee.
And in the category “Alive in the Natural Habitat”, none other than Flyguy, Morgan Jackson, with his photograph of a delicate little Neurigona standing on a log. Excellent sharpness across the subject, with a nice muted soft background. You have got to love those rainbow eyes!
Congratulations to the winners! Tomorrow I’ll share some images that received Honorable Mentions.
Do you love bugs?
Do you have a passion for bug collecting, or bug watching, …bug rearing,bug breeding, bug illustration, bug photography, bug blogging, bug eating, bug macrame….
OK, maybe not bug macrame…
But, if you love bugs in any way, and you want to connect with other bug lovers, please contact me! You not only have the chance to share your passion on this blog, you may also get the opportunity to share it on the Entomological Society of Canada’s ESC-Blog!
Requirements are simple:
- words, but not too much. Under 750 is good.
- it needs to be based on fact, not fiction — please list your references
- good quality photos or illustrations that show what you do and how you do it
- images should be between 600 and 800 pixels wide (please attach separately if you use a Word document)
- tell us about your pictures and identify your subjects.
- show me your web! I like to know what you read, where you go for inspiration, where you find help.
- and, if you needed help to make your submission, or if you are under 18 years of age, please let me know!
- well produced video submissions are also welcome!
The Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Alberta and the Entomological Society of Canada will be hosted right here in Edmonton, November 3-7, 2012 . All participants of JAM 2012 are eligible to participate in the photo competition.
The theme for the competition will be Canadian Arthropods, in the following categories:
1. Dead–pinned or preserved specimens
2. Alive–in the natural habitat
3. Dead or Alive–predators with prey
4. Alive with mites–insect mite symbiosisclose and often long-term interaction between different biological species (Sponsored by International Journal of Acarology editor, Dave Walter)
$150 will be awarded to the winner for each category and the “Alive with mites” winner may be offered the opportunity to be a cover illustration for the International Journal of Acarology.
So far the judges include John Acorn, David Walter and myself, and we are looking forward to a wealth of submissions from all the many entomologists, amateur or professional, that will be attending JAM 2012.
Nothing to submit? There is a whole season of delicious bug photography still ahead! The closing date for submissions is October 30, so get your macro lens on and get cracking! We are looking forward to a biodiverse flood of entries!
So what’s the ESC Blog all about, and why should you care? I’ll let the ESC Blog speak for itself:
Our goal with the ESC Blog is to provide a platform for Canadian entomologists and enthusiasts to share and discuss their work, stories and favourite insects with the rest of the world.
What might you expect to find here at the ESC Blog? Here are a few of the things we’ve got lined up so far:
- articles and updates from the Entomological Society of Canada Board of Directors, as well as from each of Canada’s provincial/regional insect societies
- previews of upcoming issues of the Canadian Entomologist and the Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification
- information about annual societal meetings and other entomological events around Canada
- stories from the field or lab, profiles of Canadian entomologists/labs and other personal interest articles
- science blogging, highlighting some of the exciting entomological research being done in Canada
- photos and profiles of Canadian insects
- much, much more!
Of course, this blog depends on you, the reader/contributor. Feel free to chime in with your ideas and opinions in the comment sections, or better yet, submit posts of your own. We want to encourage entomophiles from across the country, professional or amateur, seasoned veteran or newbie student, to submit stories, articles and photos that they’d like to show off to the world.
This is an exciting development! That last paragraph (which I have ‘bold-erized’) is key: the new ESC Blog will be the way for all Canadian amateur and professional entomologists to find common ground and to see what is going on the in the world of Canadian entomology. This has so much potential to expand all our buggy horizons, and perhaps the best way for any large scientific society to do public outreach. I am looking forward to see how this develops over time, and I am expecting a steady stream of fascinating posts and pictures.
Go subscribe now! And after that, think about how you can contribute!