Valerie G. Bugh
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I specialize in the arthropods of the Austin area, with interests in taxonomy, ecology and photography. My current activities include running the Fauna Project at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (begun in 2010; including weekly fauna surveys during most of the year), leading insect discovery walks, teaching community/outreach entomology courses, providing insect/spider identifications, giving slideshow talks to local organizations, and studying the wildlife here in Travis county. A few of my photos have appeared in various books and other publications, and I am the author of folding waterproof pocket guides to "The Butterflies of Central Texas," "Spiders of Florida" and "Spiders of Texas," as well as spider guides for other SE states. I am a member of the Austin Butterfly Forum, and sometimes participate in activities with the Capital Area Master Naturalists (of which I am an honorary member).
My images through 2018 were all taken with a Pentax Optio 555 digital camera. I soon started using a flashlight or other light source because the flash stopped working on my camera. I don't use a tripod, but do rest the camera on convenient objects (rocks, walls, trees, my foot...) when longer exposures are needed. In 2019 I began using a Lumix DMC-LX10, and still use an off-camera hand-held light.
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