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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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Kyron Basu, Contributing Editor
Full name:
Kyron Basu
City, state, country:
BC, Canada

I'm a nature enthusiast whose eyes were opened to the world of arthropods during the summer of 2011. Since then, I've taken up photography in an effort to get to know all the little (and not so little) creatures around me better. Particularly spiders, which are my focus right now.

I always strive to have no negative impact on my subjects and to that end I never kill or otherwise harm them. I will sometimes move them for a shot, and have recently been known to hang onto them for a bit (in particular, rearing sub-adult spiders). I make sure to put them back in the area I found them afterwards.

For those interested, my equipment currently consists of a Canon Powershot SX40 HS, Raynox DCR-250, and a diffused Speedlite 420EZ (not EX) flash mounted on-camera.

Due to the shallow depth of field that comes with high magnification, I focus stack whenever I can get away with it.

You can see larger versions of some of my submissions (along with other photographs) on my Flickr page:

How I shoot the genitalia of live spiders, along with other useful features for identification: