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Upcoming Events

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

Previous events

Alice Abela, Contributing Editor
Full name:
Alice Abela
City, state, country:
Santa Barbara County, CA, USA

I have a BS in Biology and work as a wildlife biologist in Santa Barbara County, CA; I enjoy photographing inverts and trying to match them up with an ID. I'm fairly proficient with California grasshoppers and butterflies, but my knowledge is somewhat spotty on other taxa so I appreciate all feedback, especially if I have something wrong :o)

Most of my invert photos are also posted at higher resolutions on my flickr page ( if you want a closer look.

My primary invert photography equipment consists of a Canon 5D Mark III, a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro (for subjects over 2 cm), a Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X Macro (for subjects under 2 cm), and a Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash. Most of my shots are handheld and taken in the field. I use Adobe Lightroom for post-processing and curation.

Note to editors etc.: Most of the older images I've uploaded to BugGuide have been limited to a maximum of 560 pixels on a side. If you feel a larger image would benefit the guide, comment and I'll replace (if I have a larger image available).