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National Moth Week photos of insects and people. Here's how to add your images.

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

Discussion, 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

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Joyce Gross, Contributing Editor
E-mail address:
joyceg AT
City, state, country:
San Leandro, CA

I'm a database and web programmer for the UC Berkeley Natural History Museums. Some projects on which I work are AmphibiaWeb, CalPhotos, and the Essig Museum of Entomology database. I enjoy my work but I'd rather be outdoors looking for bugs, birds, frogs...

My current camera is a Canon 5D Mark III. For insects I use the following three Canon lenses: the MP-E 65mm macro lens, the 100mm macro lens, and (occasionally) the 180mm macro lens. I use an MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash, and sometimes 430EX and/or 550EX flashes. Occasionally I use a tripod but much of the time since the insects are either moving or about to fly off, a tripod is not practical. I then try to brace my arms against something when taking photos.