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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

Michael Garcia, Contributor
Full name:
Michael Garcia
To email, just remove the _NOSPAM_.
City, state, country:
Pipestone, MN, USA

Howdy! I'm an amateur entomologist from southwest Minnesota. I currently work full time for a wind turbine company, monitoring over 1,000 turbines across the U.S., as well as taking classes part time. I pland to pursue a career with some entomological base, although I'm not sure what. Naturalist, museum curator, forensic entomologist...

While this site is photography based, I myself am just learning this amazing skill. My entomology experience is based mainly on collecting, I was involved in 4-H entomolgy for many years. I now am focusing on the book smarts of entomology, now focusing mainly on Odonata after joining in on the Minnesota Odonata Survey Project.

I just jumped over the fence into dSLR photography, after starting with a hybrid point-and-shoot, then briefly a 35mm SLR.
My equipment includes:

Sony Alpha 200 dSLR
Sony Alpha DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6
Minolta AF 50mm f/2.8 Macro (1985 model)
Minolta AF 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 (1995 model)
1:1 adapter for Minolta MC 50mm f/3.5 (25mm)
Minolta Extension Tube II set (7mm, 14mm, 28mm, max. 63mm)
Minolta Auto Bellows 1 (155mm)
Minolta Focusing Rail 1
Minolta Microscope Adapter
Kiron Reverse Mate Reversing Ring for Minolta MD
Minolta MD to Minolta AF/Sony Alpha Adapter

Minolta Maxxum 70
Minolta AF 28-100mm f/3.5-5.6 (D)

Kodak Easyshare Z612

Always looking for new techniques and ideas, so email me if you can think of anything!
Michael P. Garcia