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Photos of insects and people from the 2022 BugGuide gathering in New Mexico, July 20-24

National Moth Week was July 23-31, 2022! See moth submissions.

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Photos of insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

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Gerardine Vargas, Contributor
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Gerardine Vargas
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vail, arizona

Macro equipment:
- Nikon D200
- Nikon 60mm Micro Nikkor
- Nikon extension tubes
- Nikon SB800 Speedlite
- DIY softbox for SB800
- Nikon 28mm f/2.8 AF-D
- Nikon 20mm f/2.8 AF-D
- Nikon reversing ring

For greater than lifesize magnification, I use the reverse lens technique. The 28mm reverse mounted roughly gives 2:1. The 20mm reverse mounted roughly gives 4:1. Extension tubes significantly increase magnification factors. I can get almost 8:1 when I extend a reverse mounted 20mm lens by 77mm.